The Illusions Of Post-Feminism: New Women, Old Myths

The Illusions Of Post-Feminism: New Women, Old Myths

by Vicki Coppock, Deena Haydon, Ingrid Richter
     
 

ISBN-10: 0748402373

ISBN-13: 9780748402373

Pub. Date: 06/01/1995

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

As feminists reflect on the impact of the second wave of feminism and assess the gains of the last 30 years, invariably they have questioned whether claims that women have achieved equality in education, work and in the home are justified. In the late 1980s, there was a proliferation of the popular imagery of "new" men and "post-feminist" women, with the concept of

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As feminists reflect on the impact of the second wave of feminism and assess the gains of the last 30 years, invariably they have questioned whether claims that women have achieved equality in education, work and in the home are justified. In the late 1980s, there was a proliferation of the popular imagery of "new" men and "post-feminist" women, with the concept of post-feminism reinforcing and emphasising the differences between independent, upwardly-mobile, career-orientated women and those women who "choose" the more natural "role" of wife and mother.; This text argues that "post-feminism" is a myth. Through in-depth interviews with women about four major areas of their lives - education, work, the media and the family - the authors challenge and expose the myths implicit in the concept of post-feminism by showing the actuality of women's lives. The chapters analyse equal opportunity policies and their implementation to demonstrate how power relations still lie at the root of the oppression of women. With its provoking and challenging analysis, this text provides a detailed analysis of the "backlash" as experienced by women in Britain.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780748402373
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/01/1995
Series:
Gender and Society Series
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Ch. 1Introduction: Locating 'Post-Feminism', Exploring the Myths3
Ch. 2Theorising Power in Women's Oppression15
Ch. 3Patronising Rita: The Myth of Equal Opportunities in Education47
Ch. 4More Work, Low Pay: The Myth of Equal Opportunities in the Workplace75
Ch. 5Fatal Abstraction: The Myth of the Positive Image106
Ch. 6Behind Closed Doors: The Myth of Personal Liberation145
Ch. 7Conclusion: Beyond the Illusions173
Bibliography187
Index212

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