Letters to the Editor: Dorothy Bryant

Letters to the Editor: Dorothy Bryant

I was relieved to read Lu Bailey’s article on “self-objectification,” chosen by young so-called feminists. I have fallen silent after too many discouraging arguments with young women, some of them close relatives, who refuse to see what I call their “hooker-style” dress as a cop out. They see my position as the sour grapes attitude of unsexy old age. It is discouraging to see the beneficiaries of our struggle take minor improvements in women’s status for granted—and then undermine them for the sake of a cheap, brief illusion of power.

Posted by: Dorothy Bryant


Merle Hoffman's Choices: A Post-Roe Abortion Rights Manifesto

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“Merle Hoffman has always known that in a democracy, we each have decision-making power over the fate of our own bodies. She is a national hero for us all.” —Gloria Steinem

In the wake of the Supreme Court overturning Roe V. Wade and a country divided, Merle Hoffman, a pioneer in the pro-choice movement and women’s healthcare, offers an unapologetic and authoritative take on abortion calling it “the front line and the bottom line of women’s freedom and liberty.” 

Merle Hoffman has been at the forefront of the reproductive freedom movement since the 1970s. Three years before the Supreme Court legalized abortion through Roe v. Wade, she helped to establish one of the United States’ first abortion centers in Flushing, Queens, and later went on to found Choices, one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive women’s medical facilities. For the last five decades, Hoffman has been a steadfast warrior and fierce advocate for every woman’s right to choose when and whether or not to be a mother.