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LSE Research Showcase Summer Series- Spectacular Femininity: the unattainable standards of postfeminism with Dr Simidele Dosekun
Postfeminism is an upbeat, celebratory cultural address to women, and promise, that they are past or post- the need for feminism, that they are already individually empowered and can ‘have it all’, ‘do it all’. Drawing on her book, Fashioning Postfeminism: Spectacular Femininity and Transnational Culture, Simidele Dosekun will tell the stories of women she interviewed in Lagos, Nigeria, who practise a spectacularly feminine style and what their lives and attitudes tell us about postfeminism in Africa. She discovers that the postfeminist emphasis on happy affects and choice and ‘can do’ leave little imaginative and emotional space for complaint, critique or resistance. Its encouragement to women to work on themselves, to work on their attitudes and their confidence, to ‘lean in’, obscures the material conditions that it requires.

These 30 minute coffee-break sessions are open to the LSE community so that you can find out about some of the fascinating research taking place at LSE. Short talks will be followed by an opportunity to ask questions.

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Aug 11, 2021 11:00 AM in London

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