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I put on didfeminismhappen.blogspot.com:

You know, I think the politics of the 18-year-old college first-years we teach have a lot to do with their refusal to declare a commitment to feminism. Weird redefinitions of "feminism" are happening in popular media quite often, like one female writer that seemed to argue that staying at home and raising kids was "choice feminism" or something like that. (Something I read in NYTimes a while back.) So it's almost like the feminism that was possible for someone born around 1980 is completely alien to someone born in 1987. Those kids grew up in a world where conservative talking points were reported as "fact," whereas, you and I can remember, the conservative movement had no practical media genius until around 1994 or '96. The upshot of this is a generation of young people for whom the phrase "the collective" has no meaning -- the resurgent Republican Party redefined "liberty" and "freedom" and all that as entirely self-interested, individualistic, "bootstraps" narratives, whereas I grew up in a time where Jimmy Carter was still possible. Even Al Gore, in his documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," doesn't ever stop to question that global warming is a *collective* moral dilemma caused by no-end-in-sight consumer capitalism -- the emphasis is all individual morality. My point is that it's for the same reason that young people today are okay with gay/lesbian folks and hostile to feminism, which is by definition a collectivist movement. In other words, to be a feminist means to say, "I'm not 100% control of my life," which is the lie kids are told over and over again, in politics and popular media alike. 50 Cent and all the other hip-hop millionaires "did it on their own," right? Obviously not, but that's the illusion. The funny part about this individualistic cultural shift is all of the inintended consequences. One irony: youngsters today are "cool" with bisexuality and lesbianism, but are hostile to feminism, while in the 1970s radical feminists were "radical" and scary because so many were lesbian. I like talking about this stuff! --adam

 
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