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Links for Later: The Women’s Marches, Assessed

Donald Trump became President of the United States. On Friday, as I recall. On Monday, he signed a ban on federal funding for foreign health care services that mention the possibility of abortion. On Saturday, a whole lot of women marched to protest against Trump’s presidency and for women’s rights. Analysis of the marches ensued:

-Katha Pollitt wasn’t so sure about the pink pussy hats, but came around. (Same.)

Damon Linker and David Brooks offer skepticism, from the right if not from The Right.

-And, from the left, Jess Zimmerman unpacks what it means that white women in pink hats were not arrested for marching. (A topic I also addressed, coming to a somewhat but not entirely different conclusion.)

-The New York Times published, was criticized for, and apologized for a story about men in Montclair, NJ, devoting Saturday to childcare and housework while their wives marched. Was it a terrible article, as per the unanimous consensus? Or was it actually an unintentionally great article, for demonstrating how retrograde gender roles exist even in progressive enclaves?

-And one non-March item: Miranda Cooper discusses Edith Wharton’s anti-Semitism.

Phoebe Maltz Bovy edits the Sisterhood, and can be reached at bovy@forward.com. Her book, The Perils of “Privilege”, will be published by St. Martin’s Press in March 2017.

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