Features from the Freedom Socialist
Summer 1982
Nellie Wong presented this speech in February 1981 at the San Francisco "Left-write Conference: A Unity Conference of Writers on the Left." Subsequent sexist, racist, and anti-radical attacks on Wong's presentation, however, belied the "unity" of...
Summer 1982
Julius Lester, a Black writer, penned this tribute to women's struggle for freedom in his Guardian column of July 20, 1968. He was one of the first male radicals of the '60s to sound a warning to the movement: welcome and support feminism or come to...
Summer 1982
Once "the love that dare not speak its name," homosexuality today is big-time box office, and gays, for the gilded moment, are the toast of the silver screen. Hollywood wants to capture that lucrative lesbian/gay market. But it also wants to...
Summer 1982
CURRENT FASHIONS in world leftism decree that our very own, home brew, red-white-and-blue working class be regarded with lofty arrogance. No full-blooded anti-imperialist can pass the course in Revolution II without sneering and sniping at U.S....
Spring 1982
What results when a Hollywood filmmaker brings to the screen the life of John Reed, the great American journalist and chronicler of the Russian Revolution? Well, in this case, it’s Reds, the love and adventure epic of the year. Writer-director-...
Spring 1982
And what was an ingrained West Coaster like me doing in New York last December? Well, I’m sorry it wasn’t April in Paris, or whenever it is one does the Italian Riviera. I’ve never been to Paris in April. I’ve never been to Paris. And I always...
Spring 1982
The Second Stage, by Betty Friedan. New York: Summit Books, 1981. $14.95 Nothing more starkly symbolizes the decline and fall of the respectable, middleclass wing of feminism than the latest bilge from founding mother Betty Friedan. The Second Stage...
Fall 1981
I recently watched a public television program about the rapacious habits of locusts. The images on the screen were all the more striking because I had turned off the sound. The realism of post-Disney documentaries requires prolonged scenes of...
Fall 1981
An old woman dying of cancer. An elderly man too frail to climb a ladder. Hardly the kind of characters devised by corporate Hollywood to guarantee long lines at your local movie theatre. Indeed, this first film from Godmother Productions might...
Fall 1981
This Bridge Called My Back. Edited by Cherne Moraga and Gloria Anzaldua. Watertown, Mass.: Persephone Press, 1981. $8.95. Powerful, dynamic, intense, soul-searching, and historically right-on! This Bridge Called My Back should be read by all people...