The New York Times ran a profile of Gloria Steinem by Sarah Hepola on Friday that asked the question, “Where is the next Gloria Steinem, and why—decades after the media spotlight first focused on her—has no one emerged to take her place?”
Ignoring the fact that this piece ran in the Fashion & Style section (although seriously, NYT?!), Hepola fails to recognize that feminism has changed quite a lot over the past 40 years and, to my mind, no longer requires a telegenic leader—nor would such a leader be appropriate considering the multiple feminisms and intersectional identities we’re striving to include in the current movement. (And even if we were looking for a leader, Naomi Wolf would not make the short list.)
Personally, I agree with Latoya Peterson, who is quoted in the article:
We’ve entered a period where there isn’t a single narrative about anything. ‘Feminism’ has given way to what other women have termed ‘feminisms’—all the various ways that we seek justice and equality.
How could one person speak for all of capital-F Feminism at this point? Why would anyone want to? Of course, I can’t speak for everyone either, which is where this open thread comes in. What do you think? Does a monolithic feminism even exist anymore? Should it?