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Reviews: 'Spinster' and 'The Wild Oats Project'

Reviews: 'Spinster' and 'The Wild Oats Project'

In the half-century since Betty Friedan demolished the feminine mystique, we've cycled through consciousness raising and the rise of the career woman; backlash and the critique of backlash; endless colloquies about "having it all"; the phenomenon of (privileged, married) women "opting out"; and the exhortation for women to "lean in." In 2015, is there anything left to say about women's choices? Or has the debate, important as it is, become hopelessly stalled and stale? If nothing else, these two memoirs by women journalists on the cusp of middle age — one single (but involved in serial relationships), the other married (but restless) —...

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