Enlightened Sexism: The Seductive Message That Feminism's Work Is Done
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... show more
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.
Publish date: March 2nd 2010
Publisher: Times Books
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
Have to return to the library and have too many other books I'm reading - I'll pick it back up when I have a bit less on my reading plate.
Well, I know now why I couldn't get into Alias. Douglas, in an extremely funny and 'I'm gulity of it too' voice dicusses how modern televison is sexist, just in more subtle (in some cases) ways then in the first place. She also examines why some shows worked and some shows didn't. Wonder why the ...
This book is similar but covers more ground then the "viriginty culture" of the Purity Myth. Definitely recommend it as well.
Threw it against the wall in chapter one when she started ranting about evil "lardasses" and "mommies".