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Douglas, Susan J. (Susan Jeanne), 1950-
Enlightened sexism : the seductive message that feminism's work is done / Susan J. Douglas
1st ed
New York : Times Books, c2010
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 3rd Floor  HQ1233 .D68 2010    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Women in popular culture -- United States
Mass media and women -- United States
Feminism -- United States
Physical Description 354 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [307]-334) and index
Summary Women 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. Here, cultural critic Susan J. Douglas takes readers on a spirited journey through the television programs, popular songs, movies, and news coverage of recent years, telling a story that is the cultural biography of a new generation of American women. Revisiting cultural touchstones from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Desperate Housewives, Douglas exposes 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.--From publisher description
Contents Get the girls -- Castration anxiety -- Warrior women in thongs -- The new girliness -- You go, girl -- Sex "R" us -- Reality bites -- Lean and mean -- Red carpet mania -- Women on top ... sort of

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