One-dimensional Woman

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0 [Zero] Books, 2009 - Philosophy - 74 pages
18 Reviews
Where have all the interesting women gone? If the contemporary portrayal of womankind were to be believed, contemporary female achievement would culminate in the ownership of expensive handbags, a vibrator, a job, a flat and a man. Of course, no one has to believe the TV shows, the magazines and adverts, and many don't. But how has it come to this? Did the desires of twentieth-century women's liberation achieve their fulfilment in the shopper's paradise of 'naughty' self-pampering, playboy bunny pendants and bikini waxes? That the height of supposed female emancipation coincides so perfectly with consumerism is a miserable index of a politically desolate time. Much contemporary feminism, particularly in its American formulation, doesn't seem too concerned about this coincidence.
This short book is partly an attack on the apparent abdication of any systematic political thought on the part of today's positive, up-beat feminists. It suggests alternative ways of thinking about transformations in work, sexuality and culture that, while seemingly far-fetched in the current ideological climate, may provide more serious material for future feminism.

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User Review  - Kelly Lawrence - Goodreads

The author had some fascinating things to say, particularly about the ways in which the very notion of 'feminism' has been co-opted by the last people you would expect to embrace the label, but the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Adam - Goodreads

Really short; you could probably finish it in a day. It's a critique of the co-option of the discourses of feminism by consumer capitalism. Maybe get it from your library unless it's very cheap on Amazon. Read full review

About the author (2009)

Nina Power is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Roehampton University.

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