The symptom of "American-style feminism"

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Abstract

This essay is about what French critics of the United States call “American-style feminism” (le féminisme à l’américaine) and the way it has been used in public debate, essays, and media accounts throughout the 1990s. The end of the Vietnam War, the progressive decomposition of the Soviet Bloc, and the liberalization of French political and cultural life in the 1980s had led many to believe that the traditional anti-Americanism of the cultivated elite, especially in its Cold War version, was on its way out. In fact, new sources of hostility toward the United States emerged in the following decade, forcing observers of the French intellectual scene to revise this somewhat hasty diagnosis.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBeyond French Feminisms
Subtitle of host publicationDebates on Women, Culture and Politics in France 1980-2001
EditorsRoger Célestin, Eliane DalMolin, Isabelle de Courtivron
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages247-260
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781137095145
ISBN (Print)9781349633388
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 30 2016

Keywords

  • sexual harassment
  • political correctness
  • French model
  • American campus
  • floating signifier

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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    Mathy, J. P. (2016). The symptom of "American-style feminism". In R. Célestin, E. DalMolin, & I. de Courtivron (Eds.), Beyond French Feminisms: Debates on Women, Culture and Politics in France 1980-2001 (pp. 247-260). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-137-09514-5_23