The Rise of Enlightened Sexism

Susan J. Douglas writes for On The Issues Magazine: “Today, we once again have what Betty Friedan famously called ‘a problem with no name.’ Millions of young women — the girl power generation — have been told that they can do or be anything, yet they also believe their most important task is to be slim, “hot,” and non-threatening to men. Once they get out in the work force, though, they learn that there still is pay discrimination, inflexible work places, women slotted into low paying, dead end jobs more often than men and a glass ceiling in so many lines of work.”