“In all her poetry, unchangingly from 1978, Olds remains the little prefeminist girl, utterly overwhelmed by biology.”
“Some may yet strain to see her as a prefeminist who takes on a man's world.”
“And it's not just sexy but also revolutionary, daring, sweet, sour, cynical, carefree, poignant, and so far ahead of its time that one could cite it as not only a pre-Code masterpiece but also a prefeminist testimonial.”
“Why is TV focusing on women of the prefeminist past?.”
“I.e. they might straight up not believe a woman can be a good president, but, lacking prefeminist language and knowing vaguely that such sentiments are not okay, might lack a language to talk about this.”
“In fact, I distinctly remember “myself” being last — it was one of the biggest issues I had with the pledge, because as a properly chaste young prefeminist girl, this was not about some future husband, or about my family, it was about me, I was doing it for me and no one else.”
“Tune handles them with prefeminist Ziegfeldian zing, choreographing not only their lissome torsos and high-rise legs but also their hands, elbows, even their madly innocent smiles.”
“When Walt Disney repackaged her in 1964, the nanny carried a prefeminist message: once Mary Poppins straightened out the Banks family, Mrs. Banks was happy to give up her suffragette marches and stay home with the kids.”
“In her mind, she isn't trapped in some prefeminist horror show.”
“It was a fading courtliness, in both cases, that perhaps also shared a prefeminist history.”
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