Karen Young

“I’m very confused personally,” actress Karen Young, 47, says to the San Francisco Chronicle‘s Ron Dicker. “I feel like I was in this generation of women who were supposed to take care of ourselves, supposed to be totally self-sufficient and even support a husband. There was a lot of talk about being that way, and I don’t think it actually transpired. We kept our names, but that was about it.” — from Dicker’s 8.27 profile of Young.

I met Young at last year’s Toronto Film Festival when her latest film, Laurent Cantet‘s Heading South (Vers le sud),was first being shown. She’s also pretty good in Factotum, but me Young will always be FBI agent Robyn Sanseverino. She’s been kicking around since the early ’80s and that, so far, is her definitive role.

7 thoughts on “Karen Young

  1. Sounds a lot like Maureen Dowd and many other women of their generation.
    They grew up thinking they were nurtured against their nature and set out to right a ’2 thousand year old’ wrong.
    Now, confused and facing a life alone, many are beginning to wonder if in fact it was they who were nurtured against their nature as part of a social/cultural experiment. Many of these women (I have no idea in Young’s case) will never have children, never have lineage, and never have a husband.
    I feel sorry them. It will take generations well passed our lifetime to iron out the social missteps of the 1960′s.
    Understand I am not talking about equal work for equal pay feminism. I am talking about the feminism that says a woman’s uterus is an albatross, that they do not need partnership, all men are evil, and children an obstacle to corporate success.
    It was a lie many believed (and still do) and I feel sorry for that generation as they enter into this phase of life, alone, confused and bitter.
    Just as many grew up bitter at the church and it’s ridgid teachings of the fifties…many will grow to resent the assumptions of the ‘summer of love’ generation.

  2. Sigh, I can’t believe we are still arguing about this in the year 2006. I know men and women who hate their spouses and children and those who dearly love them. I know men and women who love their careers and would have regretted not following them. This only reaffirms my belief that only you can decide what is best for your life and not to let anyone or any group tell you how to live your life because only you will have to live with the consequences.

  3. Liked Young in HEADING SOUTH, and she was very memorable as a psychotic lesbian dominatrix in MERCY, which has been an HBO staple.

  4. ” It will take generations well passed our lifetime to iron out the social missteps of the 1960′s.”
    Yep, been hard as hell putting the genie back in the bottle when it comes to those issues like racial equality, equal access to education, and a sense that one could come to expect the courts to uphold one’s rights against the encroachment if not downright theft from institutions such big business, the church and the government itself.

  5. Oddly, Karen Young’s quote doesn’t really say anything, since she sets up a thought (“I feel like I was in this generation of women who were supposed to take care of ourselves, supposed to be totally self-sufficient and even support a husband. There was a lot of talk about being that way, and I don’t think it actually transpired. We kept our names, but that was about it.”) then doesn’t follow it up with her actual take on it. Not even in the full interview, which is pretty retarded for the interviewer or editor.
    This man-hating, corporate-ladder climbing, uterus-grimacing image of feminism is a straw woman crock of crap that takes an extremist splinter faction of the movement then tries to put them front and center as the true face of feminism. The vast majority of feminists probably just wanted respect and equality as a partner and as an employee, period. Something that surely hadn’t happened much in a lot longer than 2000 years.

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