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Old 11-20-2010, 12:04 AM   #18
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I'm a proud feminist. So is my husband. I don't know what neoliberalism is, but I don't blame it for the backlash against feminism.
Neoliberalism isn't what most people would consider liberal. It's basically an update of classical, 18th century-style liberalism. It's all about free markets and private enterprise. Actually, I'm not really sure about how it relates to feminism.
Responsibilization (variation of the protestant work ethic) is integral to neoliberalism. Everyone is responsible for their own achievements and social location/power/dynamics play no part in that equation. So Women's subordination/exclusion is unrelated to male privilege, and Women's disadvantage is purely a result of the individual Woman's choices.

Neoliberalism, via the responsibilization thesis, undermines feminism's criticism of male domination, just as it does negatively racialized people's criticism of racism.
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