“The lady is a closet feminist!: Discourses of backlash and postfeminism in British and American newspapers

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dc.contributor.author Mendes, Kaitlynn en
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-18T11:08:14Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-18T11:08:14Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Mendes, K. (2011) “The lady is a closet feminist!: Discourses of backlash and post-feminism in British and American newspapers”. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 14 (6) pp. 549-565 en
dc.identifier.issn 1367-8779
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2086/6028
dc.description.abstract This article examines news reports of the second-wave feminist movement during its most active political period (1968–82) in British and American newspapers, and specifically focuses on the ways postfeminist discourses were constructed and deployed. While most accounts of postfeminism relate to American cultural texts from the 1990s to the present day, they ignore (or are unaware of) the ways such discourses were constructed before this, or in different cultural contexts. In this article, I argue that postfeminist discourses are evident throughout the 1970s, during the height of the second-wave feminist movement, and that many of these discourses differed between the countries as a result of unique socio-cultural contexts, and the ways the women’s movements evolved. That postfeminist discourses emerged early on indicates the extent to which patriarchal and capitalist ideologies contested feminist critiques from an early stage, demonstrating that notions of feminism’s eventual illegitimacy and hence its redundancy were not constructed overnight, but took years to achieve hegemony. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Sage en
dc.subject Britain en
dc.subject discourse analysis en
dc.subject newspapers en
dc.subject patriarchy en
dc.subject postfeminism en
dc.subject second-wave feminism en
dc.subject United States en
dc.title “The lady is a closet feminist!: Discourses of backlash and postfeminism in British and American newspapers en
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1367877911405754
dc.researchgroup Media Discourse Group en
dc.peerreviewed Yes en
dc.explorer.multimedia No en

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