That the height of supposed female emancipation coincides so perfectly with consumerism is a miserable index of a politically desolate time. Much contemporary feminism, however, particularly in its American formulation, doesn't seem too concerned about this coincidence, and this short book is partly an attack against the apparent abdication of any systematic political thought on the part of today's positive, up-beat feminists.
we cannot understand anything about what contemporary feminism might be if we neglect to pay attention to specific changes in work and the way in which 'feminism' as a term has come to be used by those who would traditionally have been regarded as the enemies of feminism.
Perhaps, though, we should be less concerned about representation than about serious structural and ideological factors. After all, the argument about getting women, ethnic minorities and homosexuals into 'top positions' is an argument that is currently
being won by the right.
It is not enough to have women in top positions of power, it depends upon what kind of women they are and what they're going to do when they get there.
'imperialist democracy' covers over its structural sins with a thin veneer of representational respectability: 'The manipulation of race and gender as decoys for democracy reveals the corruptibility of identity politics.' Getting women and ethnic minorities into positions of power is not necessarily going to improve the lives of women and ethnic minorities in general
As a political term, 'feminism' has become so broad that it can be used to justify almost anything, even the invasion of other countries: