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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. [Volume 39, Issue 8. April 1976]

Subtle Attacks on Feminism

page 7

Subtle Attacks on Feminism

Feminists, predictably, get very poor treatment from the press.

Not only are they presented as women with whom others would not want to identify (irrational, strident, humourless), but also as women who disdain the concerns of housewives, mothers, and other women involved in "traditionally feminine" activities.

"Women's Liberation" (or "Women's Lib, Libbers etc etc) is mentioned with reference to bra-burning, but never to baby-bashing.

A consequence of these tactics is that other women are alienated from their feminist sisters.

A variation on the old "divide and conquer" theme. The press serves the patriarchy.