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

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In the late 1980s, there was a proliferation of popular imagery of 'new' men and 'post-feminist' women, with the concept of 'post-feminism' reinforcing and emphasizing the differences between independent, upwardly-mobile, career orientated women, and those women who 'choose' the more 'natural' role of wife and mother. The Illusions of 'Post-Feminism": New Women, Old Myths maintains 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'. The research illustrates that women's discontent continues, despite the assumption that gender equality would result from equal opportunities legislation. The chapters highlight the ineffective nature of liberal reformism and demonstrate how power relations still lie at the root of the oppression of women.
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Drawing on research projects on the experiences of professional women in paid work, the experiences of women in one male-dominated institution, and the media as an institution for the maintenance of gendered ideology, contributors reflect on the impact of the second wave of feminism, assess the gains of the past 30 years, and question whether claims that women have achieved equality are justified. Highlights the ineffective nature of liberal reformism and shows how power relations still lie at the root of the oppression of women. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780748402373
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/1/1995
  • Series: Gender and Society Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction: Locating 'Post-Feminism', Exploring the Myths 3
Ch. 2 Theorising Power in Women's Oppression 15
Ch. 3 Patronising Rita: The Myth of Equal Opportunities in Education 47
Ch. 4 More Work, Low Pay: The Myth of Equal Opportunities in the Workplace 75
Ch. 5 Fatal Abstraction: The Myth of the Positive Image 106
Ch. 6 Behind Closed Doors: The Myth of Personal Liberation 145
Ch. 7 Conclusion: Beyond the Illusions 173
Bibliography 187
Index 212
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