Regarding Heather Wilhelm’s Aug. 22 column “Tinder and how feminism sold out women”: The feminist movement and the push for equal sexual standards are not responsible for women being treated as consumables on Tinder and other dating hookups. Women and girls as tidbits has a long and sturdy history, ranging back over many eons, which the double standard has helped perpetuate.
The mistake made by feminists was to declare a victory for sexual freedom for women but fail to continue to educate and inform them about using that freedom in a corporate consumer society where everything, including people, is for sale, where women are still regarded as less qualified for top positions, where gender income disparity keeps many women in poverty, where worker concern about family health and safety is ignored and all within an overwhelmingly male-dominated political culture.
Real freedom depends on knowing everything possible about the playing field before deciding to play. In the meanwhile, the notch on the gold-headed cane is alive and well.
Charlotte T. Best