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Pundits and politicians often opine on the irrelevance of feminism and the women's movement today. Some commentators describe the state of feminism as "post-feminist," alongside equally questionable claims of Barack Obama's election as signaling a "post-racial" America. Modern Misogyny examines contemporary anti-feminism in a "post-feminist" era. It considers the widesprea Pundits and politicians often opine on the irrelevance of feminism and the women's movement today. Some commentators describe the state of feminism as "post-feminist," alongside equally questionable claims of Barack Obama's election as signaling a "post-racial" America. Modern Misogyny examines contemporary anti-feminism in a "post-feminist" era. It considers the widespread notion that the feminist movement has ended, in large part because the work of feminism has been completed. In fact, the argument goes, women have been so successful in achieving equality, it is now men who currently are at risk of becoming irrelevant and unnecessary. These sentiments make up modern anti-feminism. Modern Misogyny argues that equality has not been fully achieved and that anti-feminism is now packaged in a more palatable, but stealthy form. This book addresses the nature, function, and implications of modern anti-feminism in the United States. Modern Misogyny explores the landscape of popular culture and politics, emphasizing relatively recent moves away from feminist activism to individualism and consumerism where "self-empowerment" represents women's progress. It also explores the retreat to traditional gender roles after September 11, 2001. It interrogates the assumption that feminism is unnecessary, that women have achieved equality, and therefore those women who do insist on being feminists want to get ahead of men. Finally, it takes a fresh look at the positive role that feminism plays in today's "post-feminist" era, and how feminism does and might function in women's lives. Post-feminist discourse encourages young women to believe that they were born into a free society, so if they experience discrimination, it is an individual, isolated problem that may even be their own fault. Modern Misogyny examines that rendering of feminism as irrelevant and as the silencing and marginalizing of feminists. Anderson calls for a revived feminism that is vigilant in combatting modern forms of sexism.


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Pundits and politicians often opine on the irrelevance of feminism and the women's movement today. Some commentators describe the state of feminism as "post-feminist," alongside equally questionable claims of Barack Obama's election as signaling a "post-racial" America. Modern Misogyny examines contemporary anti-feminism in a "post-feminist" era. It considers the widesprea Pundits and politicians often opine on the irrelevance of feminism and the women's movement today. Some commentators describe the state of feminism as "post-feminist," alongside equally questionable claims of Barack Obama's election as signaling a "post-racial" America. Modern Misogyny examines contemporary anti-feminism in a "post-feminist" era. It considers the widespread notion that the feminist movement has ended, in large part because the work of feminism has been completed. In fact, the argument goes, women have been so successful in achieving equality, it is now men who currently are at risk of becoming irrelevant and unnecessary. These sentiments make up modern anti-feminism. Modern Misogyny argues that equality has not been fully achieved and that anti-feminism is now packaged in a more palatable, but stealthy form. This book addresses the nature, function, and implications of modern anti-feminism in the United States. Modern Misogyny explores the landscape of popular culture and politics, emphasizing relatively recent moves away from feminist activism to individualism and consumerism where "self-empowerment" represents women's progress. It also explores the retreat to traditional gender roles after September 11, 2001. It interrogates the assumption that feminism is unnecessary, that women have achieved equality, and therefore those women who do insist on being feminists want to get ahead of men. Finally, it takes a fresh look at the positive role that feminism plays in today's "post-feminist" era, and how feminism does and might function in women's lives. Post-feminist discourse encourages young women to believe that they were born into a free society, so if they experience discrimination, it is an individual, isolated problem that may even be their own fault. Modern Misogyny examines that rendering of feminism as irrelevant and as the silencing and marginalizing of feminists. Anderson calls for a revived feminism that is vigilant in combatting modern forms of sexism.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Ria Gehrerová

    Toto bola zatiaľ najlepšia kniha o feminizme, čo som čítala. Napríklad aj o tom, že ak sa ženy označujú za feministky, tak to blahodárne prospieva ich psychickej pohode, zlepšuje romantické, sexuálne aj priateľské vzťahy! :D Akurát že im ľudia následne neveria, ak nahlasujú sexual harassment, zneužívanie alebo znásilnenie. A navyše sa ľuďom bridí aj predstava ženy - aktivistky. Ženu - odborníčku síce ľudia vnímajú ako kompetentnú, ale menej obľúbenú. Kniha podrobne rozkladá a vyvracia mýtus, že fe Toto bola zatiaľ najlepšia kniha o feminizme, čo som čítala. Napríklad aj o tom, že ak sa ženy označujú za feministky, tak to blahodárne prospieva ich psychickej pohode, zlepšuje romantické, sexuálne aj priateľské vzťahy! :D Akurát že im ľudia následne neveria, ak nahlasujú sexual harassment, zneužívanie alebo znásilnenie. A navyše sa ľuďom bridí aj predstava ženy - aktivistky. Ženu - odborníčku síce ľudia vnímajú ako kompetentnú, ale menej obľúbenú. Kniha podrobne rozkladá a vyvracia mýtus, že feministky nenávidia mužov. Ide totiž len o zjednodušenú zámenu rozdielnych pojmov - boj proti patriarchálnej spoločnosti a boj proti mužom. Podľa výskumov sú si feministky s mužmi bližšie, než rodovo stereotypné ženy, ktoré veria, že ženy sú z Venuše a muži z Marsu. Podľa výskumov majú ale feministky o čosi ďalej k jednej skupine ľudí - k sexistickým ženám. V knihe sú podrobne rozobraté aj udalosti 9/11 a jeho zobrazovanie v médiách. V čase ohrozenia stúpa dopyt po stereotypných obrazoch a vzorcoch. Pár rokov pred pádom dvojičiek si napríklad vedelo predstaviť ženskú prezidentku 95% Američanov a rok po nešťastí len 65%. Autorka v knihe opisuje fenomén individualizmu - ľudia dnes majú pocit, že všetko je v ich rukách a keď niečo chcú, stačí o to vziať. Neveria pri tom, že za ich neúspechom môže byť nejaká forma diskriminácie (pohlavie, farba pleti, vzhľad). Mnohé štúdie pritom dokazujú, že nie všetko je v našich rukách. Zaujímavá bola kapitola o vnímaní pracujúcich žien s podobnými vlastnosťami ako majú muži. Ak mali dobré organizačné a vodcovské schopnosti, ľudia ich vnímali ako nepriateľské, chladné a neženské, kým pri mužoch si tieto vlastnosti cenili a cítili sa v ich prítomnosti dobre. Keď ľuďom v experimente ponúkali pomoc so zadanou úlohou muži a ženy, ľudia, ktorí dostali pomoc od ženy, sa cítili hlúpejšie a nemožnejšie ako tí, ktorým pomoc ponúkal muž. A veľa ďalšieho. Je to skvelá kniha, ak budete mať možnosť, určite si prečítajte!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Guts

    Very informative and really help you understand how misogyny in the modern day has co-opted feminist vocabularies as well as showing how neo-liberalism has helped hiding sexism underneath individualism. It can be repetitive at time, especially if you have read many books about feminism before, but I guess it's necessary. Many interesting studies in there to regarding how feminism affect people. I like how the book debunks all the myths around feminists/feminism with many many supporting evidence Very informative and really help you understand how misogyny in the modern day has co-opted feminist vocabularies as well as showing how neo-liberalism has helped hiding sexism underneath individualism. It can be repetitive at time, especially if you have read many books about feminism before, but I guess it's necessary. Many interesting studies in there to regarding how feminism affect people. I like how the book debunks all the myths around feminists/feminism with many many supporting evidences, though it's unfortunate that those who need to read this book probably won't read it. Still, it's good for feminists to equip themselves with supporting evidences from this book to counter all those nonsense from anti-fem/MRAs/MGTOW/meninist etc.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Prangner

    Great book This book provides an exceptional reality to feminism. This book highlights many, if not all, arguments against feminism and hits right back with proof as to why anti-feminist perspectives/ arguments are made-up, even nonexistent.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Celeste

    A few years ago, when I wasn't really into gender issues, I was obsessed with anti-feminist videos on YouTube. I remember that even though I agreed with some of the things they said, I still found a lot of their claims highly suspicious. Gradually, I became curious of what feminists were really like beyond their portrayal by anti-feminists. And well.... I became a feminist. And I proudly say that. After researching and comparing the two opposing views, I have come to realize that anti-feminists A few years ago, when I wasn't really into gender issues, I was obsessed with anti-feminist videos on YouTube. I remember that even though I agreed with some of the things they said, I still found a lot of their claims highly suspicious. Gradually, I became curious of what feminists were really like beyond their portrayal by anti-feminists. And well.... I became a feminist. And I proudly say that. After researching and comparing the two opposing views, I have come to realize that anti-feminists are just scared and desperate and will do anything to keep women away from feminism so that they can keep on watching movies about white males saving the damsels-in-distress. This book only proved that. Even when I agreed with the some of the things anti-feminists said, I noticed that they rarely provide evidence for what they claim. Not the case here. Ms Anderson cites enough experiments and research that it would be foolish to pretend that sexism doesn't exist. (rape cultue, pornography, double standards in workplace, hatred towards lesbians and the media's portrayal of women are a few examples of that). I think after reading this I'm allowed to slap those anti-feminists in the face for all the lies they sold to me.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jaclyn Siegel

    Loved it. So much useful information for academics and feminists alike (not that the two are mutually exclusive 😉)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cat Leonard

    An informative read... with lots of stats and references to other books, I found 'Modern misogyny' very helpful fodder for the cause... what next? An informative read... with lots of stats and references to other books, I found 'Modern misogyny' very helpful fodder for the cause... what next?

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