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Retro feminism - could someone please explain?

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Ewe Tue 07-Jul-09 15:43:23

What is the difference between feminism and retro feminism?

DP has a friend who is studying this at the moment and allegedly, retro feminism is the new feminism. Despite googling I am not really any wiser and was wondering if you clever ladies could shed any light on this?

Ewe Tue 07-Jul-09 16:45:34

Not just me who is clueless then!

Habbibu Tue 07-Jul-09 16:47:32

No idea. Do you suppose it's feminism minus the girl power/poledancing/stripping lessons that appear to have confused some people?

Clockface Tue 07-Jul-09 16:48:39

I'd see retro feminism as 70s feminism, i.e. looking to establish eqaulity rather than any of this 'Men are from mars' rubbish.

I think it's a fledgling US concept, a reaction to softer feminism.

Fennel Tue 07-Jul-09 16:49:22

Never heard of it, and I hear a lot about feminism.

Perhaps they mean socialist or marxist feminism, 70's style?

GetOrfMoiLand Tue 07-Jul-09 16:51:15

Perhaps it means Andrea Dworkin type militant feminism, as opposed to the softer, lipsticky post-feminism which has been prevalent since the early 90s.

Fennel Tue 07-Jul-09 16:52:51


just googled it and got things like this

It's used here as a description of what I would call normal bog standard middle-of-the road feminism (you know, a desire for equality, anger at domestic violence, urge to see the gender pay gap disappear) but by someone who doesn't agree with it.

Ewe Tue 07-Jul-09 16:59:11

Just asked, as far as he know it is effectively the concept of how feminism has taken women so far out of traditional environments that they have forgotten the importance of traditional roles. One element is family being eroded by feminist values.

Ewe Tue 07-Jul-09 17:04:15

Here we go, this kinda explains.

Fennel Tue 07-Jul-09 17:04:40

So it's anti-feminism?

Ewe Tue 07-Jul-09 17:09:27

I'm not entirely sure, sounds a bit like that, going to see if he can ask his friend to come and explain or explain to him a bit more concisely.

I also saw it mentioned on twitter but can't find it now!

Fennel Tue 07-Jul-09 17:21:21

That link is to a book with "anti-feminism" in the title, I think. I didn't see that when I posted my antifeminist comment.

Sounds to me as though it's just a meaningless piece of drivel, "retro feminism is the new feminism". When the only references we've picked up to retro feminism are in fact critical of feminism. I suspect your DP's friend doesn't have a clue what he's talking about.

monkeytrousers Sun 19-Jul-09 21:23:56

Probably as meaningless as 'postfeminism'. What is your friend hoping to do after her studies??

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