NTC: Feminism and American Political Liberalism: A Comparison

Friday, October 7, 2011

9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Room 101

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Newberry Teachers' Consortium

What is the state of American feminism today? Is it still countercultural? Was it ever? While commonly understood as a political and social movement against mainstream culture, feminism is also surprisingly consistent with elements of classical American political and social theory. This seminar examines where American feminism both links to and breaks with classic theories of political liberalism—the foundation of American politics and society. Comparing American feminism with American politics, we will discuss how both schools of thought conceive of individualism and group identity, independence and dependence, and notions of personal freedom in the spheres of work, sex, and family. Finally, in discussing current examples of female empowerment, we will consider whether “postfeminism” represents the failure or success of feminism in our contemporary American cultural landscape.

Seminar led by Marjorie Jolles, Roosevelt University

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium is a subscription program open to Chicago-area teachers.