Post-sexism?

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Lindsey German's column on 21st century feminism (Column, Socialist Review, October 2009) reiterates many of the crucial points of socialist feminism.

However, her arguments founder where she criticises the objectification of women in lad(ette)s' magazines, strip clubs and beauty contests as postmodern.

Feminist art theory, film theory and psychoanalytic theory address the role of fantasy in subject formation, an area of study that departs from the theories of 1980s anti-porn feminists like Andrea Dworkin and Catharine MacKinnon. Since then the proscription against "images of women" has become a hackneyed areas of undergraduate writing - supported by mostly liberal feminists who seek to optimise middle class women’s advancement in the social pyramid.

Cultural studies work by writers like Angela McRobbie, Kaja Silverman and Linda Williams offer far more nuanced and progressive avenues of thought and action.

Marc James Léger
Montreal, Canada