pop feminism

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pop feminism (uncountable)

  1. (sometimes derogatory) A populist, non-academic approach to feminism, suggesting that women can attain equality with men through a positive, go-getting attitude, without the need to examine or change cultural institutions and biases.
    • 1996, Zillah R. Eisenstein, Hatreds: Racialized and Sexualized Conflicts in the 21st Century
      So pop feminism distorts feminism by depoliticizing it and burying its complexities, and in so diminished a state it has no power to vanquish the male privilege that women experience in their everyday lives.
    • 2006, Barbara Klinger, Beyond the Multiplex: Cinema, New Technologies, and the Home
      Cinematherapy combines a strategic mix of pop feminism (which presumes female independence and “girl power”) and stereotypes, then, as a primary method of appealing to female audiences.
    • 2011, Su Holmes, ‎Diane Negra, In the Limelight and Under the Microscope
      [] strongly associated with a 1990s/early 2000s cultural moment of “pop-feminism,” marked by a high-profile, culturally pervasive, quasi-feminist rhetoric. This rhetoric relied heavily on female celebrities who embraced the “bad girl” stereotype []

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