"At last, after a long silence, women took to the streets. In the two decades of radical action that followed the rebirth of feminism in the early 1970s, Western women gained legal and reproductive rights, pursued higher education, entered the trades and the professions, and overturned ancient and revered beliefs about their social role. A generation on, do women feel free?" The passage above is the opening paragraph of Naomi Wolf's The Beauty Myth, written in 1990. I would like posters to answer Wolf's question as if she was asking the question today, so let me ask the question anew: A generation after the second-wave feminists acted, and fourteen years after Naomi Wolf wrote The Beauty Myth, do women feel free? Has Wolf's campaign been successful? Digressions are welcome, but I would like to keep this a 'answer-statement' thread. The answers to this question are intriguing and an in depth debate would obscure the opinions of individual posters. Those interested in participating in or reading other LOVE OF WISDOM debates should click here.