ENLIGHTENED SEXISM ~ The Seductive Message that Feminism’s Work is Done
Book review and technical detail ENLIGHTENED SEXISM ~ The Seductive Message that Feminism’s Work is Done Susan J. Douglas
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|Title||ENLIGHTENED SEXISM ~ The Seductive Message that Feminism’s Work is Done|
|author||Susan J. Douglas|
|Category||Entertainment & Sports|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
In a aftereffect of sorts to Where the Girls Are: Growing Up Changeable with the Mass Media (1994), the columnist asserts that pop ability sends out the apocryphal bulletin that women’s liberation has been able and that feminism is now old hat.Douglas (Communication Studies/Univ. of Michigan; Listening In: Radio and the American Imagination, 1999, etc.) analyzes the way females are presented on television and in movies, advertisements and the press, and she is not blessed with what she sees. She argues that pop ability is accusable of a backfire adjoin feminism that objectifies women’s faces and bodies, exploits and punishes changeable changeable and divides women adjoin anniversary added by age and class. This phenomenon, which she agreement “enlightened sexism,” had its ancestry in the aboriginal ’90s, and is absolutely aloof “old-fashioned grade-A patriarchy.” Citing dozens of examples from the media, Douglas demonstrates how changeable accomplishments accept been abstract at the aforementioned time that old stereotypes of women as bimbos accept been reinforced. The author’s active prose—“So, what ability you get if you accumulated the six-foot fearless, alligator-wrestling, unsmiling abomination fighter Janet Reno with the statuesque, gorgeous, dark-haired cool archetypal Cindy Crawford? One adorable acknowledgment ability be Xenia: Warrior Princess—makes this mostly an absorbing read. Besides a host of accustomed characters from movies and television, she draws on such abstracts as Lorena Bobbitt, Anita Hill, Sarah Palin, Amy Fisher and Hillary Clinton to accomplish her credibility about attitudes against women. Although the examples become repetitious, the author’s takes on the media’s attraction with the foibles and pregnancies of celebrities and the biased account advantage of arresting acknowledged women accept the arena of truth. Her bulletin is that accustomed women face accustomed problems such as bacon inequities, maternology leave and adolescent care, abounding of which are abandoned in the media, and that it is up to women to change this. Her coda presents two another scenarios of the approaching and urges women to booty activity to accomplish the bigger one appear true.Sharp and savvy.
From the author of Where the Girls Are, a sharp and irreverent critique of how women are portrayed in today's popular cultureWomen today are inundated with conflicting messages from the mass media: they must either be strong leaders in complete command or sex kittens obsessed with finding and pleasing a man. In Enlightened Sexism, Susan J. Douglas, one of America's most entertaining and insightful cultural critics, takes readers on a spirited journey through the television programs, popular songs, movies, and news coverage of recent years, telling a story that is nothing less than the cultural biography of a new generation of American women.Revisiting cultural touchstones from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Survivor to Desperate Housewives, Douglas uses wit and wisdom to expose these images of women as mere fantasies of female power, assuring women and girls that the battle for equality has been won, so there's nothing wrong with resurrecting sexist stereotypes―all in good fun, of course. She shows that these portrayals not only distract us from the real-world challenges facing women today but also drive a wedge between baby-boom women and their "millennial" daughters.In seeking to bridge this generation gap, Douglas makes the case for casting aside these retrograde messages, showing us how to decode the mixed messages that restrict the ambitions of women of all ages. And what makes Enlightened Sexism such a pleasure to read is Douglas's unique voice, as she blends humor with insight and offers an empathetic and sisterly guide to the images so many women love and hate with equal measure.
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