>NYT: Where does society stand on gender?

>Read this article and tell me what you think.

Here’s an excerpt:

It’s not quite an “angry woman” moment, or more pointedly, an “angry white woman” moment, to borrow a label that has attached derogatorily or proudly to white men, black men and black women at various times. But the politics of the last few months have certainly opened a spigot on the question of where exactly society stands on gender matters. Weren’t we in what some people have long called a postfeminist era, when we thought the big battles were over, or at least that the combatants had reached some accommodation? And wasn’t the younger generation less hung up on the stereotypes and issues of the sort Mrs. Clinton taps into among older women?

Not so fast. No matter how historic the prospect of electing a woman or black man as president this year, if the rising volume of chatter in the news and entertainment media is any measure, women are doing a little re-tallying.

It’s hardly that all women are on the same side — there were plenty of women making the points men were about prostitution after Gov. Eliot Spitzer of New York resigned following the news that he had paid perhaps tens of thousands of dollars for sex. But there seemed to be a starker split between men’s and women’s reactions to the scandal. And women who for a long time felt they were on opposite sides of a generational divide on gender issues were finding things in common.

I find it interesting to say the least that it took Gov. Spitzer’s philandering and the radicalization of Sen. Clinton’s opponents to make younger women “wake up” and take sexism seriously. You mean to tell me that the objectification of women on MTV and BET and other forms of media weren’t enough? You mean to tell me that the idea that women could only be seen as powerful if they took off their clothes wasn’t enough?

If it took this long for these women to wake up, think about how women of younger generations will react to the persistent and pervasive forms of sexism in the world. Since these generations are the ones of entitlement, will there be another feminist movement on the horizons? Or will these future women continue to lie on their backs and take it like women are supposed to? Will these future women wait until their Spitzer or Clinton moment or will they be more proactive?