Praise for Enlightened Sexism

"A must-read: Whip-smart, witty, and scathingly insightful. Susan Douglas has penned a brilliant -- and often funny -- critique of the myths about equality, ambition, and femininity that are currently being served up as 'reality' in our media-crazed culture. She challenges those who insist that feminism is outmoded, that strong women are scary and unlovable, and that 'real' girl power comes from Botox, a bustier, and the ability to pole-dance in a pair of size-two hot pants. Best yet, Enlightened Sexism offers an antidote to the contradictory messages and predicaments many women experience today. It’s a call to action and an inspiration." -- Susan Jane Gilman, bestselling author of Kiss My Tiara, Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress, and Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven. more…


Susan J. Douglas

Susan J. Douglas is a prize-winning author, columnist, and cultural critic, and the Catherine Neafie Kellogg Professor of Communication Studies at The University of Michigan. Her book Where the Girls Are was widely praised, and chosen one of the top ten books of 1994 by National Public Radio, Entertainment Weekly and The McLaughlin Group. In her most recent book, Enlightened Sexism: The Seductive Message That Feminism’s Work Is Done (Times Books/Henry Holt, 2010) Douglas continues her analysis more…


Recent News and Events

Susan Douglas Awarded the Leonardo Da Vinci Medal

Upcoming Speaking Engagments

Carleton College: January 8
Cedar Crest College: March 16
University of Louisville: March 31

In These Times and other Journalistic Writings

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    "In a book crackling with humor and sarcasm, the authors…point out a growing obsession with this idealized, and guilt-inducing, version of motherhood that women can't achieve." --Chicago Tribune

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    "Flat out terrific ... just the right balance of history, scholarship, media theory, and great storytelling. Susan J. Douglas makes reading about radio as much fun as listening to it. Turn up the volume on this one!" --Pete Fornatale, co-author of Radio in the Television Age

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    "Smart and devilishly funny, Where the Girls Are is as much fun as driving around town in a top-down convertible." --Chicago Sun-Times

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