Feminist author will discuss ‘Enlightened Sexism’
March 1, 2010
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Author, columnist and professor Susan Douglas will speak at the University of Louisville March 31 on “The Rise of Enlightened Sexism and the Seductive Myth That Feminism’s Work Is Done.”
Her free, public talk at 6 p.m. in Speed Art Museum, 2035 S. Third St., is the Minx Auerbach lecture in women’s and gender studies. The women’s and gender studies department sponsors the annual event as a feature of Women’s History Month. There will be a reception afterward.
Douglas is the Catherine Neafie Kellogg professor of communications studies at the University of Michigan, where she also serves as department chair.
Her latest book, due out this month, also is titled “Enlightened Sexism” and chronicles what she considers the widening gap between images of women in mass media and the everyday life of women and girls.
That book follows up the theme of her earlier book “Where the Girls Are: Growing Up Female with the Mass Media.” Other Douglas books include “The Mommy Myth: The Idealization of Motherhood and How It Undermines Women” and “Listening In: Radio and the American Imagination.”
Douglas’ column “Back Talk” appears monthly in the newsmagazine In These Times, and she formerly was media critic for The Progressive magazine. Her broadcast appearances have included several National Public Radio programs, “Today,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “The Early Show” and “Equal Time.”
For more information, call Nancy Theriot in women’s and gender studies at 502-852-8160.