"Born Free: A Feminist Fable"

Title"Born Free: A Feminist Fable"
Year for Search1974
AuthorsPogrebin, Letty Cottin (b. 1939)
Secondary AuthorsTripp, Maggie
Secondary TitleWoman in the Year 2000
Pagination3-24
Date Published1974
PublisherArbor House
Place PublishedNew York
KeywordsFemale author, US author
Annotation

Feminist eutopia. The story follows the first thirteen years of the life of a girl born into an egalitarian society at midnight on January 1, 2000. Each person works twenty-five hours a week with an additional six hours a month of volunteer work, although they can arrange their hours as they choose (11-12). Much of the story concerns child-birth, day-care, which is available everywhere, and education, all with many alternative arrangements. People are completely free to arrange their relationships (6). Male and female contraception is freely available, and abortion is a woman’s right (7). Cooperative housekeeping (9). All sport, including professional sport is mixed sex (18). Gay people are now completely accepted (22-23). The U. S. is now a parliamentary system rather than a presidential one (4). The female author was an editor of Ms. Magazine.

Info Notes

The Table of Contents incorrectly gives the first page as 1.

Holding Institutions

DLC, PSt

Author Note

The female author (b. 1939) was an editor of Ms. Magazine.

Full Text

1974 Pogrebin, Letty Cottin (b. 1939). “Born Free: A Feminist Fable.” Woman in the Year 2000. Ed. Maggie Tripp (New York: Arbor House, 1974), 3-24. The Table of Contents incorrectly gives the first page as 1. DLC, PSt

Feminist eutopia. The story follows the first thirteen years of the life of a girl born into an egalitarian society at midnight on January 1, 2000. Each person works twenty-five hours a week with an additional six hours a month of volunteer work, although they can arrange their hours as they choose (11-12). Much of the story concerns child-birth, day-care, which is available everywhere, and education, all with many alternative arrangements. People are completely free to arrange their relationships (6). Male and female contraception is freely available, and abortion is a woman’s right (7). Cooperative housekeeping (9). All sport, including professional sport is mixed sex (18). Gay people are now completely accepted (22-23). The U. S. is now a parliamentary system rather than a presidential one (4). The female author was an editor of Ms. Magazine.