In This Issue
Explore the March 1970 print edition below. Or to discover more writing from the pages of The Atlantic, browse the full archive.
“More women will have to become much more aggressive than they are at present if equal opportunity in employment is to be achieved.”
Despite chivalrous claims of protecting the "fairer sex," the law deals more harshly with women than with men
How a hospital bill grows 17 feet long
“Human beings, being mammals, spend an inordinate—but scarcely disproportionate —amount of time involved in institutions whose task is to make into an orderly and predictable entity the expression and control of sexuality, replacement of the population, succession to rights and offices, and education of the young. ... [It has been] claimed that the nuclear family is universal in the pursuit of these ends, and often other ends as well. Whether or not this universality is more than an epiphenomenon of the mammalian mode of reproduction is open to argument. . . . But what is not open to argument is that there is a wide variety of ways in which human beings can mate, reproduce, and train the young.”
Perhaps you can’t go home again, but you can return to the campus where so much was new twenty or so years ago, and learn a lot about what is new—and what isn’t. Ralph Maloney went back to Harvard and found that it has changed—but almost exactly as the world has changed.