It's a Jerk!
Should men want to watch their wives give birth?
Correction, Aug. 30, 2005: This article originally stated that Betty Smith's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn was set in the 1940s; in fact, the novel was published in the 1940s and set in the early 20th century. ( Return to the corrected sentence.) Correction, Aug. 31, 2005: This article originally referred the feminist Catherine MacKinnon; the name in question is spelled Catharine MacKinnon. (Return to the corrected sentence.)
Meghan O'Rourke is Slate's culture critic and an advisory editor. She was previously an editor at The New Yorker. The Long Goodbye, a memoir about her mother's death, is now out in paperback.
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