“Why Must Women Always Carry Banners” was the title given to a piece I had written in the 70’s for FILE magazine about a job interview I had gone to in New York City answering a call for ‘women with university degrees’. The interview turned out to be an explicit gauge of my potential for servicing visiting delegates to the United Nations in a massage parlour wanting women who could carry on intelligent conversations with their clients. Naïve, unaware and indignant, I felt the subject worthy of reportage. FILE, in adding the title, deemed it flag waving. The pseudo-name they put on the article was Ruth E. Culvert – a slight slur?
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