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Did Nora Ephron Liberate Or Debase Women?

contessadetroy Wrote: Jun 29, 2012 10:24 AM
As a woman, I have a huge problem with being told I'm only equal if I act like a man. Funny to me that someone claiming to stand up for the rights of women would attempt to completely obliterate any role that resembles a woman--like making the perfect casserole.

With so many assaults on the boundaries of governance and sovereignty in the news lately, reflecting on the career of writer and Hollywood director Nora Ephron, who died this week at 71, may seem off-topic. But upon reading through many glowing Ephron appreciations, I realize that in her work lies another broken boundary. It is a cultural one, and every bit as significant as lines on the map or in the Constitution.

In a scene from her most famous movie, "When Harry Met Sally" (1989), Ephron brought to mainstream, predominantly female audiences the spectacle of a professional actress (Meg Ryan), not...