Gloria Steimen Chat Transcript. June 28,1995.
This is an interview with Gloria Stiemen and
Wendie Bernstein Lash is the interviewer. In this interview they
discuss how Gloria first got involved in the feminist movement
and other issues such as gun control. But the topic of their converstation
that I would like to focus on is this, Gloria was given this question
by a man listener in the audience who is commenting on seeing
life through a womans perspective, "...An unexpected outcome
of the movement, is the decay of "romance" among the
young...especially women." Gloria responded with this "I
am not so upset by the decline of romance because I think love
is when you want what is the best for the other person, but romance
is when you want the other person. To me, romance is two incomplete
people looking for the rest of themselves in each other. It's
very intense but dooned because no one can supply the rest of
yourself. However, when the calance of power is more equal, perhaps
romance will come back in a less harmful form as the most intense
form of cuiosity."
I chose this article because of this question
she was asked. In a world where we are constatly changing we expect
our ideals of love and romance to change as well, but for some
these are the hardest traditions and ideologies to break. Courtship
is still very prevelant in sociaty and I think it effects women
and feminists the most. In a feminist world of independence, individuality,
and identity it is hard for some to want or even accept chivalry
or romance when this is some of what holds our nation together.
What is the glue of love if you don't have romance, passion, and
a little bit of lust in your relationship? If you submit yourself
to it it does not make you less of a woman, or weak, or less of
a feminist activist. It makes you a woman, and a human being.
Every body wants to be touched and love and needed, and if we
don't have this in our sociaty we are giving up a lot of who we
are as human beings.
This is an interesting form of information
on the web because it is an actual narrative between two people.
You get to hear their linguistics and how the conversation is
directed other then reading an monotonous factual description
flooded with statistics. It gives a very personal feel and I belive
it gets a truer reaction from people because in essence this whole
conversation is just one persons opinion.