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Times have changed since Duffy wrote Rites in 1969. But how much have they changed? Is there still discrimination against women in employment? If so, what industries or occupations are most affected and what can be done to remedy the situation? (You might want to discuss the concept of the "glass ceiling," which is a more subtle form of discrimination.) 

Does liberation for women mean liberation for men too? In what sense? How have men been changed by the women's movement over the last few decades?

Ada's opinion about love and marriage is, "A few moments pleasure and then a lifetime kidding yourself. Caught, bound, even if you don't know it." Does this cynical view have a grain of truth in it, from the woman's point of view? Or does Ada's cynicism distort the reality? What would be a succinct, two-sentence formulation that would offer a...

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