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Modern MisogynyAnti-Feminism in a Post-Feminist Era$
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Kristin J. Anderson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199328178

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199328178.001.0001

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Is Feminism Good for Women?

Is Feminism Good for Women?

(p.138) 6 Is Feminism Good for Women?
Modern Misogyny

Kristin J. Anderson

Oxford University Press

Chapter 6 addresses the question, is a feminist identity good for women? Psychological theory and research on the role that feminism plays in women’s lives in terms of their well-being is examined. Self-efficacy, mental health, body image, and romantic relationships are considered. Do women differ in these areas depending on whether or not they hold traditional gender role attitudes or identify as feminists? Does a feminist identity operate as a protective identity? In addition, the empirical research on the role of women’s/gender studies courses on women’s and men’s attitudes is explored. There is a growing body of research on the benefits of women’s/gender studies courses ranging from increases in critical thinking skills to open mindedness, participatory learning, and self-efficacy. Gaining an understanding of the role these courses play in students’ intellectual and political development will inform larger curricular questions, as well as aid those instructors who teach these courses.

Keywords:   attitudes, feminism, gender roles, gender studies, well-being, women’s studies

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