Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Taking Soundings on April 18th

Troubled thoughts on contemporary feminism
Speaker: Jonathan Dean (Lecturer in Political Theory, University of Leeds; Author of ‘Rethinking Contemporary Feminist Politics’)

Wednesday April 18th 2012: 6 pm, Broadcasting Place, Room AG02 (ground floor)
Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS2 9EN

Gender relations have changed dramatically in recent decades, both in the UK and across the world. And yet, gender inequality persists: women remain under-represented in public life and over-represented at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder. Within these changing contexts, the meaning, role and status of feminism remains hotly contested. The argument that feminism is no longer relevant and necessary is often advanced in the mainstream media, whilst young women are often cast as unwilling to identify as feminist. This talk argues that both of these claims are unsatisfactory: feminism remains an absolutely integral part of progressive and radical politics in Britain and around the world, and young women have been at the forefront of a recent upsurge of feminist activism. It highlights a number of key issues and debates within contemporary feminism, offers some thoughts on representations of feminism in the media, and explores some the prospects and challenges for gender equality in a period of generalised social, economic and political uncertainty.

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