When the term postfeminism entered the media lexicon in the 1990s, it was often accompanied by breathless headlines about the death of feminism. Those reports of feminism s death may have been greatly exaggerated, and yet contemporary popular culture often conjures up a world in which feminism had never even been born, a fictional universe filled with suburban Stepford wives, maniacal career women, alluring amnesiacs, and other specimens of retro femininity.
In "e;Feminism and Popular Culture,"e; Rebecca Munford and Melanie Waters consider why the twenty-first century media landscape is so haunted by the ghosts of these traditional figures that feminism otherwise laid to rest. Why, over fifty years since Betty Friedan s critique, does the feminine mystique exert such a strong spectral presence, and how has it been reimagined to speak to the concerns of a postfeminist audience?
To answer these questions, Munford and Waters draw from a rich array of examples from contemporary film, fiction, music, and television, from the shadowy cityscapes of "e;Homeland "e;to the haunted houses of "e;American Horror Story."e; Alongside this comprehensive analysis of today s popular culture, they offer a vivid portrait of feminism s social and intellectual history, as well as an innovative application of Jacques Derrida s theories of hauntology. "e;Feminism and Popular Culture"e; thus not only considers how contemporary media is being visited by the ghosts of feminism s past, it raises vital questions about what this means for feminism s future."e;
Feminism and Popular Culture
Rutgers University Press
Investigating the Postfeminist Mystique
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