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Think Laura Ingram and Ann Coulter sprang fully formed from the primordial ooze of neoconservatism? Meet Midge Decter. Decter got married in the ’50s, had children, and got a job in publishing. Eventually, she became the executive editor of Harper’s and a contributor to Commentary. Happy in both family and career, she never understood what Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem were complaining about. (She still refers to feminism as “Women’s Lib.”) Since then, Decter has spoken out against homosexual marriage, untraditional families, and women who cry “date rape.” She embraced the Reagan years and the “New Chastity.” Today she embraces grandmotherhood. Hear all about itand tell her what you thinkwhen Decter reads from her new memoir An Old Wife’s Tale at 7:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 3040 M St. NW. Free. (202) 965-9880. (Robin Dougherty)