Feminists Or “Postfeminists”?

  title={Feminists Or “Postfeminists”?},
  author={Pamela Aronson},
  journal={Gender \& Society},
  pages={903 - 922}
In contrast to popular presumptions and prior research on women ofthe “postfeminist” generation, this study found anappreciation for recent historicalchanges in women’s opportunities, and an awareness of persisting inequalities and discrimination. The findings reveal support for feminist goals, coupled with ambiguity about the concept offeminism. Although some of the women could be categorized alonga continuum of feminist identification, half were “fence-sitters” or were unable to articulate a… Expand

Tables from this paper

Mothering Feminist Daughters in Postfeminist Times
This essay engages a confessional theoretical politic to examine ways that contemporary feminist motherwork pushes back against postfeminist ideology. Clever deployment of postfeminist argumentsExpand
Disarticulating feminism: Individualization, neoliberalism and the othering of ‘Muslim women’
In the cultural era of postfeminism, neoliberalism and individualization, feminism is not an identity easily claimed. This article discusses the findings of a qualitative study on young women’sExpand
The New Heroine? Gender Representations in Contemporary Pakistani Dramas
This chapter studies the representation of the ‘new Pakistani women’ in contemporary Urdu dramas. Specifically, it examines the heroines of four recent dramas that have been celebrated for theirExpand
Intersectional expectations: Young feminists' perceived failure at dealing with differences and their retreat to individualism
Abstract Using qualitative data from interviews with young New Zealand feminists, this article shows that these women incorporate their understandings of intersectionality theory into their feministExpand
A Call for Feminist Mentors
The word feminist, contrary to any actual definition one might find in a dictionary, has been, and is, used as a derogatory term to denote such evils as man-haters and hairy-legged dykes. For womenExpand
Making Sense of the Waves: Wipeout or Still Riding High?
This article argues for feminism’s enduring importance in light of social workers’ daily experience of women’s abuse and oppression. Although cognizant of the many ways in which feminist theories canExpand
Disidencia dentro del feminismo
The aim of this paper is to examine the dissident thought within the feminist movement. This new approach dissents from some main epistemological assumptions of the feminism, and claims against itsExpand
Unfamiliar Feminisms: Revisiting the National Council of Women Psychologists
Second-generation women psychologists lived and worked between the two waves of organized feminist protest in the United States. This period is usually described as a time when feminist activity wasExpand
Narratives and Memories of Feminism
This chapter considers how the familiar language of waves and generations has been deployed in dominant retellings of Western feminist histories, and the critical work that has sought to challengeExpand
“I'm in this for Real”: Revisiting Young Women's Feminist Becoming
Synopsis Feminist identity development theories, advanced by Bartky (1975), Downing and Roush (1985), and others, have been operationalized and studied extensively for the last two decades. In thisExpand


Second Thoughts on the Second Wave
temporary United States has generated the new and awkward concept of "postfeminism."' Most frequently, journalists use this term to describe views expressed by relatively affluent and ambitious womenExpand
From feminism to postfeminism: Women's liberation in fashion magazines☆
Abstract During the past few decades, fashion magazines have increasingly targeted young women as a specialty audience. Despite a large amount of theoretical work by feminists on women's magazines asExpand
Explorations in Feminist Ideology: Surprising Consistencies and Unexamined Conflicts
The world view of a sample of feminist leaders within psychology was investigated and compared to a sample of faculty members at a local state college and of students enrolled in courses on women atExpand
Feminist fatale : voices from the “twentysomething" generation explore the future of the “women's movement"
Kamen notes the irony of how, because of hard-won victories, young women often do not have profound consciousness-raising experiences until their thirties, in the workplace. There they find theExpand
The Illusions Of Post-Feminism: New Women, Old Myths
Part One: Introduction: Locating "Post-Feminism", Exploring the Myths Theorising Power in Women's Oppression. Part Two: Patronising Rita: The Myth of Equal Opportunities in Opportunities More Work,Expand
Sitios y Lenguas: Chicanas Theorize Feminisms
Chicana feminist writers have written eloquently about the condition of women in their communities. Many of them have aligned themselves with and participated in various political movements. ThisExpand
Feminist Identifications in a Troubled Society
This article reports selected findings from a programme of postgraduate research which examined women's identifications with feminism in Northern Ireland. This qualitative study used repertory gridsExpand
Survival in the Doldrums: The American Women's Rights Movement, 1945 to the 1960s.
This is the first book to explore the persistence of the American women's rights movement in a period generally considered devoid of feminist activism, and to show the ways in which the more radicalExpand
Women's Culture and Lesbian Feminist Activism: A Reconsideration of Cultural Feminism
and men and advocates separatism and institution building, it has, say its critics, led feminists to retreat from politics to "life-style." Alice Echols, the most prominent critic of culturalExpand
Feminist Generations: The Persistence of the Radical Women's Movement
Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Radical Feminism in Columbus, Ohio 2. The Evolution of Radical Feminist Identity 3. Changers and the Changed: Radical Feminists in the Reagan Years 4. Keeping theExpand