In his book Bonfire of the Vanities, Tom Wolfe describes the women at an exclusive party in Manhattan. The first group, starved to near perfection, used fashion to compensate for the natural curves that they had denied their bodies. These were mostly the first wives and “women of a certain age.” Then he describes the “lemon-tarts,” the women who were young, the live-in girlfriends, or subsequent wives. But he notes that one type of woman was missing: “[N]o one ever invited … Mother.”
Mother’s Day: Gender Matters
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