Exploring Enlightened Sexism

Describing the new type of sexism (aka: Enlightened Sexism) as a wolf in sheep’s clothing, author Susan Douglas says the media “acknowledges and even celebrates that women have achieved full equality, insisting in fact that they have. Because women have reached full equality, it is ok and even funny to resurrect sexist images of women.”

This, in turn, has contributed to a resurgence in sexist images and stereotypes of women. Think: The Bachelor, Cosmopolitan, or The Hills.

In a recent Daily Femme interview, Susan Douglas discusses these issues, as well as Lady Gaga, Gloria Steinem, the rise in male studies courses, and even Glee.

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