New museum stung by breach of confidentiality

DALLAS: A freelance PR writer for the new Women's Museum in Dallas

has turned the PR tables on her former client, criticizing it in the

latest issue of Ms. magazine.

Debra Michals, a New York-based writer for the museum's inaugural

exhibit, wrote an article entitled "Did the Women's Museum Wimp Out?"

Michals claimed corporate sponsorship and Texas' conservative political

bent prompted the museum to leave out some of the feminist movement's

grittier details.

"It was a genuine surprise to all of us," said Candace O'Keefe, the

museum's executive director. "Michals seemed pleased with the exhibit

and wrote complimentary letters," O'Keefe said, but "the next paying

assignment she got was to turn around and denigrate her own work."

Organizers did not require confidentiality agreements, never dreaming

the freelance sword would cut both ways.

Michals criticized the museum for not mentioning things like feminists'

abortions and bisexuality, and for putting a positive spin on beauty


"I suppose for some feminists, we'll never be edgy enough," said


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