Research Seminar: popular feminism and popular misogyny

How is contemporary popular feminism re-imagining and re-directing what 'empowerment' means for girls and women?

For many, a broader acceptance of feminism as an identity, concept and practice is exhilarating. However, for those who find feminism to be a threat, this acceptance also stimulates fear, trepidation, aggression and violence.

This talk is about the deeply entwined relationship between the creation and expression of popular feminism and what Sarah Banet-Weiser calls popular misogyny. 

Drawing on material from her book, Empowered: Popular Feminism and Popular Misogyny, she will examine how empowerment is restructuring feminist politics within neoliberal culture. 

Sarah Banet-Weiser is Professor of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science.