By Yvonne Tasker, Diane Negra
Essays by means of feminist movie, media, and literature students established within the usa and uk supply an array of views at the social and political implications of postfeminism. reading magazines, mainstream and self reliant cinema, well known track, and broadcast genres from primetime drama to fact tv, individuals think about how postfeminism informs self-fashioning via makeovers and plastic surgery, the “metrosexual” male, the “black chick flick,” and extra. Interrogating Postfeminism demonstrates not just the viability of, but in addition the need for, a robust feminist critique of latest renowned culture.
Contributors. Sarah Banet-Weiser, Steven Cohan, Lisa Coulthard, Anna Feigenbaum, Suzanne Leonard, Angela McRobbie, Diane Negra, Sarah Projansky, Martin Roberts, Hannah E. Sanders, Kimberly Springer, Yvonne Tasker, Sadie Wearing
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Extra resources for Interrogating Postfeminism: Gender and the Politics of Popular Culture (Console-ing Passions)
25 Although there is some shared ground between these authors, insofar as they all reflect on the expectations that individuals now avidly “self-monitor” and that there appears to be greater capacity on the part of individuals to plan “a life of one’s own,” there are also divergences. ” Bauman bewails the sheer unviability of naked individualization as the resources of sociality (and welfare) are stripped away, leaving the individual to self-blame when success eludes him or her. ”)26 My emphasis here is on the work of Giddens and Beck, for the very reason that it appears to speak directly to the postfeminist generation.
How could this be gauged? What might be the criteria for judging degrees of feminist success? Female Success Admittedly there is some extravagance in my claim for feminist success. It might be more accurate to remark on the keen interest across the quality and popular media (themselves wishing to increase their female readers and audiences) in ideas of female success. As feminist values are indeed taken on board within a range of institutions, including law, education, to an extent medicine, and likewise employment and the media, high-profile or newsworthy achievements of women and girls in these sectors show the institutions to be modern and abreast with social change.
With the burden of self-management so apparent, Bridget fantasizes about very traditional forms of happiness and fulfilment. After a flirtatious encounter with her boss (played by Hugh Grant), she imagines herself in a white wedding dress surrounded by bridesmaids, and the audience laughs loudly because they, like Bridget, know that this is not how young women these days are meant to think. Feminism has intervened to constrain these kinds of conventional desires. It is, then, a relief to escape this censorious politics and freely enjoy that which has been disapproved of.