Florence King on Gloria Steinem

Miss King reviewed The Education of a Woman: The Life of Gloria Steinem by Carolyn G. Heilbrun.

Somehow I’m not surprised to learn that Steinem had an abortion in 1956. Or that she spent time right after college in India where she had a karma reading and otherwise tried to soak up the authenticity.

Miss King says, “She conquered male-dominated publishing like a Marxist Scarlett O’Hara.” She got her first book published by having an affair with a publisher.

She tried to run Ms. Magazine on cooperative Marxist lines. Everyone pretended there was no boss, there were no private offices and no doors that could be closed, the group office was filled with the children of the mothers on the staff, and jobs were assigned by drawing lots. Ms. lost so much money that in 1979 it filed for non-profit status, after which it was eligible for a large grant from the Ford Foundation. It seems that the president of the foundation was probably sleeping with Miss Steinem too.

Finally, of course, she had an affair with millionaire Mort Zuckerman, motivated largely by the idea of all the “good” she could do with his money.

Miss King only mentions Miss Steinem’s most famous piece, her “exposé” of the Playboy Club. Miss Steinem went to work as a Bunny so she could write an article about it. The article was basically about how much your feet hurt when you’re a waitress, and also one other revelation that I know will shock you. Are you sitting down? Well, brace yourselves:

Men are interested in having sex.

Gotta love that investigative journalism!

Like most feminists, Gloria Steinem is just a chick who slept her way to the top. You want a woman who’s achieved something on her own, you’ll have to look for her among traditional women.

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