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Contrary to the popular belief that feminism has gained a foothold in the many disciplines of the academy, the essays collected in Theorizing Backlash argue that feminism is still actively resisted in mainstream academia. Indeed, as feminist perspectives have been brought to bear on topics of traditional philosophical interest, many feminist thinkers have been confronted with scorn and marginilization. Contributors to this volume consider the professional, philosophical, and personal backlashes against feminist thought, and reflect upon their ramifications. The conclusion is that the disdain and irrational resentment of feminism, even in higher education, amounts to a backlash against progress.
Part 1 Part I: Conceptualizing Backlash Chapter 2 1. Analyzing Backlash to Progressive Social Movements Part 3 Part II: Backlash Against Feminist Theory Chapter 4 2. The Backlash Against Feminist Philosophy Chapter 5 3. Feminist Epistemology as Whipping-Girl Chapter 6 4. The Backlash Against Feminist Legal Theory Part 7 Part III: Backlash from the Ivory Tower: Personal and Political Chapter 8 5. Welcome to the Boys' Club: Male Socialization and the Backlash Against Feminism in Tenure Decisions Chapter 9 6. Parenting and Other Human Casualties in the Pursuit of Academic Excellence Chapter 10 7. Politicizing the Personal and Other Tales from the Front Lines Part 11 Part IV: Student Backlash against Feminism Chapter 12 8. Marginalized Volices: Challenging Dominant Privilege in Higher Education Chapter 13 9. Transforming Resistance: Shifting the Burden of Proof in the Feminist Classroom Chapter 14 10. Sexism in the Classroom: The Role of Gender Stereotypes in the Evaluation of Female Faculty Part 15 Part V: Where Progress? Chapter 16 11. When Sexual Harassment is Protected Speech: Facing the Forces of Backlash in Academe Chapter 17 12. Women in Philosophy: A Forty-Year Perspective on Academic Backlash