In the 19th century, feminism was fairly easily defined. Put broadly, it was the movement away from corsets and other restricting clothing and towards voting rights. In the 20th century, feminists rallied against prescribed gender roles and lobbied for gender equality in the home and workplace. The constant and overriding theme, however, was the promotion of blurred gender roles.
Today, feminism has a much more fragmented definition. While some feminists still assert that women should be treated the same as men (often citing salary differences), others insist that society should be more conscious of the differences between men and women and allow women to pursue their feminine inclinations (such as housewivery and motherhood) without disdain. I’m going to call this fragmented feminism post-feminism. So take a look at the articles below and ask yourself: what do you think is post-feminism?
>> The Feminist Housewife <<
“Feminists who say they’re having it all—by choosing to stay home.”
Anne-Marie Slaughter, Princeton professor and first woman director of policy planning in the State Department, explains her decision to give up her post for her children.
Susan Patton, Princeton alumnus, encourages current students to find their husbands before it’s too late, citing her own failed marriage as evidence. Internet backlash ensues.
A male journalist at the Wall St. Journal affirms that it is necessary for women to find their husbands as soon as possible.