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Enlightened Sexism by Susan J. Douglas
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Jun 08, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: feminism, non-fiction
Recommended for: people who are slightly sad they didn't watch enough TV in the 90s
Read from February 10 to June 08, 2011

Note - the last chapter or two are more like I was hoping the whole book would be.

I'm finding this book frustrating because it seems to mostly lack any analysis of political/societal issues (what laws are being passed that affect abortion, employment, day care, rape) and it pretty much just a run-down of all the TV shows and magazines that I haven't seen in the past two decades, and the negative affects that they probably have on women's self image. Occasionally she remembers to remark about how sexist stuff in media is portrayed as "okay" because it's ironic or something, and how that's bogus, but overall, the book has been useful (?) to the extent that I now have a better understanding of what was going on on "Dawson's Creek", "Melrose Place" and "Survivor" (none of which I've ever seen - in case that helps me understand society at large any better (maybe?) but not helping me develop or criticize a perception of the overall state of women's rights in the US
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