Post-feminism

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Post-feminism, a term unfortunately often coopted by closet misogynists, is an anti-essentialist philosophy, opposing simple binary oppositions such as man/woman in the hope of exploring or finding new subject positions for women outside of the mother/whore dichotomy and is in this respect linked to postmodernism.

The term refers to the ways in which the boundaries between feminists and non-feminists have become increasingly blurred. This is partly due to the success of feminism in addressing gender inequality to the point where it is no longer the preserve of a minority group, but rather, has become a staple concern of mainstream culture.

Post-feminism is seen in the work of Angela Carter, in particular The Passion of New Eve (1977), and in the work of other 'gender bending' authors, such as Jeanette Winterson, Patricia Duncker, and Judith Butler.

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