Few names in American culture elicit the kind of polarizing response as does Gloria Steinem. To many, especially in the #MeToo movement, Steinem is a beloved and fierce crusader, who, as a writer, lecturer, editor, and activist, paved the way for feminists back in the 1960s and ’70s. Steinem has received myriad awards in her prolific career, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in 2013.
She is not without her detractors, however, with some declaring that she represents “the worst of modern feminism,” citing her “fixation on male villainy” and even “junk scholarship.”
Never one to back down from controversy, the unapologetic Steinem may very well speak to her fandom and criticism when she comes to Houston on November 7. The event, appropriately dubbed “An Evening with Gloria Steinem,” will see the celebrated author discuss her life, career, and her book, The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off, at Congregation Emanu El. The appearance is jointly hosted by Brazos Bookstore, in partnership with Congregation Emanu El and the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center.
Steinem’s tome is a collection of her quotes, ranging from relationships (“Many are looking for the right person. Too few are looking to be the right person.”); to patriarchy (“Men are liked better when they win. ... Women are liked better when they lose. This is how patriarchy is enforced every day.”); to activism (“Change, like a tree, grows from the bottom up.”). Books at the event will be pre-signed and should be pre-ordered.
Over the years, Steinem has been a lighting rod of social commentary. Locals should consider this a prime opportunity to see one of America’s preeminent — and most controversial — feminists.
Gloria Steinem visits Houston on November 7 at Congregation Emanu El, 1500 Sunset Blvd. For tickets and more information, visit Brazos Bookstore online. General admission tickets are $25.11. Doors open at 6 pm.