By Margot Mifflin
Updated March 17, 1995 at 05:00 AM EST
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The New Victorians: A Young Woman's Challenge to the Old Feminist Order

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The New Victorians: A Young Woman’s Challenge to the Old Feminist Order Rene Denfeld (Warner, $21.95) Denfeld goes Katie Roiphe (The Morning After) one better here in her critique of ”establishment” feminism. Whereas Roiphe confined her analysis to campus activists, Denfeld rips into antiporn feminists, muzzy-minded Goddess worshipers, and female supremacists. And unlike Roiphe, Denfeld makes her feminist convictions clear, despairing that extremists have hijacked the movement and alienated women in their 20s. The author argues convincingly against the politics of procensorship feminists, NOW, and Ms. magazine but often confuses academic and populist feminism, unfairly maligning the latter in her attempt to debunk the former. This is a provocative if repetitive book, but by focusing on the downside of the women’s movement, it will surely exacerbate the very problem-feminism’s bad media image-Denfeld hopes to amend. B -Margot Mifflin

The New Victorians: A Young Woman's Challenge to the Old Feminist Order

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