A Profile on Elisabeth Badinter in The New Yorker

by Sarah on August 1, 2011 · 2 comments

I was reading a week-old issue of The New Yorker last night, and saw a profile on Elisabeth Badinter, a French feminist and one of the country's leading intellectuals. I thought it was a fascinating read. The article covers her life, her marriage and children, and the work she has done and the controversy she has raised, both in France and abroad.  If you have a subscription to The New Yorker, you can read the article here.

I must admit, I am not familiar with Elisabeth Badinter, or French feminism in general, and thought I would ask the NeW reading public if they are. What are your thoughts, on both her and her ideas?

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Thomas Alberts August 1, 2011 at 11:20 am

French feminism might every well be the one type of feminism that you conservatives tolerate.


Carmen Mayer-Robin August 6, 2011 at 10:19 am

I don’t think Badinter represents French feminism any more than she offers a reliable counter-argument to what she calls “naturalist” maternities. Her denigration of especially American approaches to child-rearing seems to be based on little else than her opinion, which she shares. Her “research”? Newspaper clippings amassed in shoe boxes! Here in the Southern US, epidurals, formula, pampers, and C-sections are all the rage (Badinter would be pleased). Her blythe assumption that women (especially American women) don’t think for themselves is downright ridiculous.


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