Post-feminism, 2013

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.”

>> Why Women Still Can’t Have It All <<

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’s ‘Daily Princetonian’ Article Urges Female Students To Find Husbands Before Graduating <<

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.

>> Susan Patton Told the Truth <<

A male journalist at the Wall St. Journal affirms that it is necessary for women to find their husbands as soon as possible.

– Sandra

Alexander Wang, Balenciaga and racism

>> Alexander Wang, Balenciaga’s New Designer, Is an American in Paris <<

Since December, there has been substantial controversy over the selection of 29 year-old designer Alexander Wang as the new creative director of luxury brand Balenciaga.  As Pham notes in the article above, the announcement of his appointment spawned a huge speculative discussion on whether he was chosen for his ethnic connections to China.   This discussion appeared everywhere from the New York Times to Forbes Magazine and ignored, for the most part, the facts that he was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and is ethnically TAIWANESE American.  And the fact that he’s talented.

– Sandra