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Did Nora Ephron Liberate Or Debase Women?

lfox368806 Wrote: Jun 30, 2012 9:45 AM
I agree, having worked both in the computer/technology sector, and in physics/chemistry teaching. The guys are on my side - the women are (sometimes) quite - er - "-itchy" - (supply your preferred first letter).

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...