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Young women’s attitudes towards feminism and gender equality

Ann-Dorte Christensen

in Gender equality and welfare politics in Scandinavia

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9781847424655
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302407 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847424655.003.0011
Young women’s attitudes towards feminism and gender equality

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This chapter describes young women's subject positions and their creation of gender identities by exploring (1) their attitudes towards feminism and (2) their attitudes towards some key issues associated with gender equality in the Scandinavian welfare states. It introduces the author's approach, some key issues, and the empirical data on which the analysis is based. New Feminism has been designated as the third wave of feminism. The chapter also discusses the respondents' attitudes towards feminist movements and to feminism as such. It appears that, to young women who do not subscribe to a specific feminist position, feminism is, in a broad sense, a mainly negative identification marker. Although the majority of the young women certainly are not feminists, they are fully aware of the lack of equality between women and men today. The chapter also points out several paradoxes and contradictions in the young women's notions of equality.

Keywords: gender identities; feminism; gender equality; welfare states; feminist movements; women's attitudes

Chapter.  7134 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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