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
"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