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Chivalry and Feminism
"Beauty That Lingers" John Fitch IV Column
In this column, Cormier talks about seeing two groups of women - one older and one younger. He then shares a poem about the fleeting nature of beauty. He talks about "how age has its own beauty despite the sadness of spent years." He encourages girls to revel in their beauty and their youth with the knowledge that another beauty awaits them as they age.
"The Beauty That Lingers" St. Anthony's column 1177 Main St. USA
This short reflective piece is a meditation on the aging process. Cormier's observation of two groups of women at different stages of life leads him to contemplate the nature of beauty. He concludes that our real beauty is our ability to "survive and endure."
"And So On -- Letter from Gloria" John Fitch IV Column
In this piece, Cormier recounts how he received a letter from Gloria Steinem advertising the magazine, Ms. He reveals his consistent (if somewhat ambivalent) take on feminism. On the one hand, he states "I have never hidden the fact that I am an unabashed male chauvinist" juxtaposed with "Let me always be considered a dear friend of women." He wants beauty and chivalry, but he also seems to want women to feel free to pursue their own rights. A strange counterbalance of ideas.
"Writer and Feminist" John Fitch IV Column
In this John Fitch IV column Cormier profiles Norma Klein, a writer for both children and adults and a self-avowed feminist. Cormier praises her character, sums up her writing career, and shares a bit about her personal background, which he notes with some surprise was fairly normal. He alludes to how old school chivalry does not negate one's potential existence as a feminist.
Chivalry Isn’t What You Think It Is! A Woman Explains. Runjhun Noopur writes on how to rethink chivalry without the gender power dynamics of its past in the Huffington Post.
Chivalry is dead and feminism is to blame Martin Daubney of The Telegraph laments that good men avoid helping women for fear of being labeled sexist and that feminism is, in part, to blame for men's deterriorating treatment of women.