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Things are not so promising even among women who grew up in the 1960s and ‘70s. Forty-one percent of Baby Boomers ages 45 to 64 say they are holdout feminists. Among women older than 65, it’s 28 percent. About a third of those ages 30 to 44 are feminists; the number is 42 percent among the 18- to 29-year-old set.

Americans also apparently associate feminism with things other than, say, equal rights. “When given a neutral dictionary definition of feminism, as ‘someone who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes,’ 57 percent of Americans proudly proclaim themselves feminists,” the poll says.

CULTURAL MOMENT

“Due to the tremendous number of applications we receive, it may take up to 6 weeks to respond.”

Advice to prospective applicants to Pet Food Stamps, a nonprofit group that supplies pet foods to financially strapped people who must “choose between keeping their pet and putting food on the table.”

DRAWING THE LINE

Libertarians are not happy with circumstances surrounding the April 15 terrorist attack on the Boston Marathon.

“Regardless of the severity of the crime, upholding individual rights is paramount. We call for ensuring that all criminal suspects, including alleged terrorists, are Mirandized and offered the right to an attorney before questioning. We also call for ensuring that all such interrogations be, without exception, properly monitored and videotaped,” says Geoffrey J. Neale, chairman of the Libertarian National Committee.

“We are further troubled by reports of martial law tactics, including the alleged orders issued by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick for residents to stay inside their homes and for stores to stay closed. Visiting homes to inquire of suspect sightings or politely requesting that residents stay off the streets — without any threat of force — is a reasonable measure,” Mr. Neale continues.

“However, threatening force in any way is a breach of our constitutional rights and is unacceptable. Going forward, we call for laws that impose criminal penalties on any government official who oversteps his or her authority or who in any way diminishes our constitutional protections,” he concludes.

POLL DU JOUR

81 percent of Americans favor expanded camera surveillance on streets and in public places.

79 percent favor use of facial recognition technology to scan for suspected terrorists in public places.

61 percent are concerned that new government policies will restrict civil liberties.

49 percent are not willing to give up some civic liberties to curb terrorism in the U.S.; 40 percent are willing.

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