We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to CoverGirl®, the Buying and Selling of a Political Movement

By | June 21, 2019
We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to CoverGirl®, the Buying and Selling of a Political Movement Author Andi Zeisler
ISBN-10 1610397738
ISBN-13 9781610397735
Year 2017-03-28
Pages 304
Language English
Publisher PublicAffairs
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Feminism has hit the big time Once a dirty word brushed away with a grimace feminist has been rebranded as a shiny label sported by movie and pop stars fashion designers and multi hyphenate powerhouses like Beyonc It drives advertising and marketing campaigns for everything from wireless plans to underwear to perfume presenting what s long been a movement for social justice as just another consumer choice in a vast market Individual self actualization is the goal shopping more often than not the means and celebrities the mouthpieces But what does it mean when social change becomes a brand identity Feminism s splashy arrival at the center of today s media and pop culture marketplace after all hasn t offered solutions to the movement s unfinished business Planned Parenthood is under sustained attack women are still paid 77 percent or less of the man s dollar and vicious attacks on women both on and offline are utterly routine Andi Zeisler a founding editor of Bitch Media draws on more than twenty years experience interpreting popular culture in this biting history of how feminism has been co opted watered down and turned into a gyratory media trend Surveying movies television advertising fashion and more Zeisler reveals a media landscape brimming with the language of empowerment but offering little in the way of transformational change Witty fearless and unflinching We Were Feminists Once is the story of how we let this happen and how we can amplify feminism s real purpose and power

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