Thursday, 11 March 2010

Enlightened Sexism

Enlightened Sexism: The Seductive Message that Feminism's Work is Done by Susan J Douglas is a new American book about feminism and where it is today by reference to TV programmes and films. I've read about 100 pages so far and I'm finding it really interesting and well written. I must be the only women in the Western Hemisphere who has never seen Sex and the City, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Desperate Housewives but it doesn't stop me understanding what the author is saying.

There are many touches of humour in the book but it does have a serious message about consumerism and the way buying the latest must have fashion accessory is so much a part of modern American life. The book covers some of the same area as Nina Power's One Dimensional Woman which looks at consumerism, television, films and women though Power's much shorter book covers the issues in the UK rather than in America.

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