Feminism Without Women examines the operation of "postfeminism" in popular culture, especially popular film, and in cultural studies. By scrutinizing a variety of feminist and poststructuralist theoretical positions and freqently juxtaposing her discussions with analyses of contemporary movies (ranging from Pee-wee's Big Adventure to Lethal Weapon and Three Men and a Baby ), Modleski offers a broad perspective on the future of feminism. In particular, she shows how women as social subjects are once again being relegated to the margins of discourse and society, only now, ironically, they are in danger of being marginalized by feminism itself . Feminism Without Women is a multifaceted response to the shift within feminist theory from "gynocritics" (a woman-centred critical practice) to an increasingly male-oriented "gender studies". This move has been accompanied by feminist/philosophical attempts to abolish the very category of "woman".
A large portion of the book is devoted to analyzing the state of "male feminism" and argues that the "new masculinities" being heralded by some feminists are less revolutionary than is often claimed; that these kinder , gentler masculinit are in many ways perfectly consonant with the conservative times. Modleski situates her discussions of criticism and theory in the context of popular culture, and social issues relevant to feminism: surrogate mothering, women and war, the debates over pornography, gay representation in the era of AIDS, the controversy within feminism over lesbian S&M, and the intensification of racism in the 1980s and 1990s.
I. Theory and Methodology 1. Postmortem on Postfeminism 2. Femininity as Mas(s)querade 3. Some Functions of Feminist Criticism; or, the Scandal of the Mute Body II. Masculinity and Male Feminism 4. A Father Is Being Beaten: Male Feminism and the War Film 5. Three Men and a Baby M 6. The Incredible Shrinking He(r)man: Male Regression, the Male Body, and Film III. Race, Gender, and Sexuality 7. Cinema and the Dark Continent: Race and Genre in Popular Film 8. Lethal Bodies: Thoughts on Sex, Gender, and Representation from teh Mainstream to the Margins
Series: Japanese Studies
Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 18 years old
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 7th November 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.29
Weight (kg): 0.33
Edition Number: 1