Modern Misogyny

Kristin J. Anderson

Published in print September 2014 | ISBN: 9780199328178
Published online November 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780190222550 | DOI:
Modern Misogyny

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Modern Misogyny examines contemporary antifeminism in a “postfeminist” era. It considers the widespread idea that the feminist movement has ended, it achieved what it set out to achieve and is irrelevant to contemporary women’s lives. Modern Misogyny argues that equality has not been achieved and that sexism and discrimination are now packaged in a more palatable but stealthy form. Several aspects of postfeminist antifeminism are explored. The move away from feminist activism to a focus on “self-empowerment,” consumerism, and individualism is examined. Because there is the assumption that a feminist movement is no longer necessary, those women who do insist on being feminists and favor a continued feminist movement must want to get ahead of men or believe they are superior to men. The influence of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 on the retreating and retrenchment of gender roles is considered as well. Attitudes toward gender traditional and nontraditional women are explored, as there are benefits and penalties for both types of women. Finally, the influence that women’s and gender studies courses have on individuals who take them is explored, as well as whether feminism serves as a “protective” identity for women (and men). Are self-identified feminists better off psychologically than nonfeminists?

Keywords: antifeminism; discrimination; gender studies; individualism; postfeminism and neoliberalism; September 11; 2001; sexism; women’s studies

Book.  208 pages. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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