“Enlightened Sexism”

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June 9, 2012 by flyaway13

“Enlightened Sexism”

“So what they police, in addition to our thinness, the horror of cellulite, and the abomination of wrinkles, is whether we are emphatically feminine. That’s the bargain, the price we’re supposed to pay for having freedom and independence: we must reassure everyone that we’re still girls, not at all threatening, not remotely lured in by anything resembling feminism. Because feminism cannot be allowed once again to rear its monstrous, Medusa-like head.”

(A particularly powerful (and horrifying) passage from “Enlightened Sexism,” by Susan J. Douglas, pg. 218)



Douglas, Susan J. Susan J. Douglas. N.p., 2010. Web. 9 June 2012. .


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