As a political columnist for The Nation and one of the country’s most eloquent feminists, you’ve just published your first collection of personal essays, “Learning to Drive: And Other Life Stories.” Why would you choose to advertise your lifelong fear of driving when it reinforces old stereotypes about female ineptitude and ditziness? I plead guilty. Just because you are part of a social-justice movement, which is how I think of feminism, that doesn’t mean you are some brick wall of impermeable stalwartness in every area. Feminism, for me, is not about presenting a facade of perfect strength to the world.
Q. & A. With Pollitt in the New York Times, With Deborah Solomon
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