Blank Wave Feminism

Bluestockings Magazine

Even if you haven’t heard of Sheryl Sandberg or bell hooks or the amorphous concept of “leaning in”, you likely have fallen victim to a particular brand of feminism; a siren call of empowerment that very few are able to ignore.

Mainstream feminism, an ideology that frames equality of the sexes within comfortable gender norms and ignores difficult topics like race, provides a steady rhythm of easy-listening soundbites that lull the masses into complicit consciousness. This complacency is fashionable and exceptional in its ability to promote itself; this brand of feminism has always attracted big business and uses a shallow critique of the very system from which it is born. It’s the soundtrack that sells us “men’s lotion” and anything pink.

In a recent post by bell hooks, Dig Deep: Beyond Lean In, she dives into a measured call and response to Sheryl Sandberg’s bestselling book, Lean In. As only…

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