Empowered: Popular Feminism and Popular Misogyny

This presentation examines how contemporary popular feminism re-imagines and re-directs what “empowerment” means for women, and how it is restructuring feminist politics within neoliberal culture. While a broader acceptance of feminism as an identity, concept, and practice can be exhilarating, for those who find feminism to be a threat, this acceptance also stimulates fear, aggression, and violence. This talk explores the deeply entwined relationship between the creation and expression of popular feminism and popular misogyny.