MADONNA DISAPPOINTS GREER: "Superstar MADONNA has been blasted by leading feminist author GERMAINE GREER for abandoning her pledge to front the 'future of feminism'. Australian Greer criticises the LIKE A VIRGIN hitmaker for allowing religion, marriage and motherhood to overtake her desire to be a strong independent female role model. "
Turkish feminist writer Duygu Asena dies: "ANKARA, Turkey - Duygu Asena, a best-selling writer and crusader for women‘s rights in Turkey, has died after a two-year battle with a brain tumor. She was 60.
Asena had trained to be a teacher but began writing for newspaper women‘s pages in the early 1970s. The message, as she wrote in a magazine article, was this: 'Escape the vicious circle. Fight for your equal rights,' and get a job as a first step toward freedom.
'Woman Has No Name' broke sales records when it was printed in 1987, but was soon banned by the government which found it to be too lewd and obscene. The ban was lifted after a two-year court battle. A film adaptation of the book broke box office records in Turkey.
In her 1994 interview, she had a mixed view of the progress women had made in Turkey. 'We‘ve come a long way,' she told the AP, 'but there‘s still a long way to go.'"