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on Hip-hop
Two feminists who came of age with the music and the culture take a long, hard look at its impact--for better and worse--on young women, and reassess its importance in their lives. > by Tara Roberts and Eisa Nefertari Ulen

**The Mommy Wars**
How the media pits one group of mothers against another. It all boils down to the Haves versus the Have-Nots. > by Susan Douglas and Meredith Michaels
**Going Underground**
One woman's moving account of the painful decision to give up family, friends, and identity, and flee with her daughter to a safer life > by Anonymous Plus: Information about hiding in plain sight > by Hagar Scher

*Road Scholar: Women in Academia
* Women's Work: Police Officer
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*Indie Filmmaker Christine Vachon
* It's Schapiro's Time

*Finding the Words
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Columns > by Patricia Smith and Gloria Steinem

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**Turning the Tables on "Science"**
When Natalie Angier wrote Woman: An Intimate Geography, she took on accepted truths about women, poked holes in them, and offered an exciting revisionist view of our bodies. Oh boy, did she ruffle some feathers! > by Marilyn Milloy

*Ten Laws That Will Make Your Blood Boil
*Epithets Deleted: French Women Demand Respect
*Women in the House
*Free Kosovar Albanian Activist-Poet Flora Brovina
*Madrid's Back Alleys
Newsmaker: Dawn Riley *Reviving the ERA
*Opinion: Count Me In
*Amazon Bookstore Update: Beware the Lesbians!
*Pakistan's Turning Point
*A New Law for Unmarried Couples in France
*Recognition for African Women Farmers



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Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man
by Susan Faludi > William Morrow and Company > $27.50

There are few more flaccid cultural barometers than the New Republic, so it was a shock to see its recent cover proclaiming that "Men Don't Need Susan Faludi to Pump Them Up." Inside was James Wolcott's predictably canine attack on Faludi's new book, Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man. Faludi's guide to the sorry state of masculinity is guaranteed to make a backlasher like Wolcott see red meat. Citing the enormous popularity of wrestling and bad-boy icons like Howard Stern, Wolcott concludes that there is no crisis of masculinity.


by Stacey D'Erasmo > Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill > $21.95

Tea, the first novel written by Stacey D'Erasmo, is the deeply appealing story of Isabel Gold, an artist, feminist, and daughter of a suicide. Early in the book, we see Isabel as a child, unable to bring herself to touch her mother since she admitted wanting to die. Yet she fears this must be "dangerous," so when her mother falls asleep, Isabel, touches her "all over . . . with her eyes, for good luck." This unfulfilled desire to heal haunts Isabel as she grows up and searches out her identity. She is troubled by the question: at what moment could her mother have been saved? Again and again, the answer is: "from the beginning and never."


All About Love: New Visions
by bell hooks > William Morrow and Company > $22.00

The most surprising thing about bell hooks' new book, All About Love, is that she wrote it at all. Although she has never shied away from talking about her family life and sometimes star-crossed love affairs as a way of illuminating her continuing journey to feminist enlightenment, this volume is her most personal. Having identified a crisis of immense proportions, namely "our nation's turning away from love," hooks eschews talk of politics and patriarchy and urges us "to walk on love's path" as a means of transforming our world. And what does All About Love tell us about the nature of love? As it turns out, less than we might hope from a woman whose 17 previous books established her as a major voice in American feminism. All About Love feels like what it is--a first step.


Maneuvers: The International Politics of Militarizing Women's Lives
by Cynthia Enloe > University of California Press > $17.95

Military matters have long been seen--by both champions and critics--as a purely masculine project. Yet militarism affects millions of women--and not just the relatively few who have joined the armed forces. In this expansive follow-up to her 1983 book, Does Khaki Become You?, Cynthia Enloe examines the "militarized experiences of women as prostitutes, rape victims, mothers, wives, nurses, and feminist activists," as well as service members. "To invest one's curiosity solely in women as soldiers," she writes, "is to treat the militarization of so many other women as normal."