Feminists or "postfeminists"? Young Women's Attitudes toward Feminism and Gender Relations

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Abstract

In contrast to popular presumptions and prior research onwomen ofthe “postfeminist” generation, this study foundanappreciation for recent historical changes inwomen’s opportunities,andanawareness of persisting inequalities and discrimination. The findings reveal support for feminist goals, coupled with ambiguity about the concept offeminism. Althoughsomeofthewomencould be categorized alonga con- tinuum of feminist identification, half were “fence-sitters” or were unable to articulate a position. There were variations in perspectivesamongthose with different life experiences, as well as by racialandclass background.

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  • Feminism
  • Gender relations
  • Identity
  • Postfeminism
  • Young women

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  • Pamela Aronson

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