“Amusing” Sexism

Sexism and the discrepancies between genders is a recurring topic in American Studies. As Susan Douglas points out in her book Where the Girls Are, in today’s society “it’s okay, even amusing, to resurrect sexist stereotypes of girls and women.” The video “Ending Women’s Suffrage” illustrates this humorous approach to sexism.

The makers of the video are attempting to demonstrate the deficiencies in education at supposedly prestigious schools while also making fun of girls who are mistaken about the meaning of “suffrage.” This video supports Douglas’s claim that feminist issues, regardless of the time period, can be seen as “amusing.” It seeks to show the ignorance of female students; however, the sample of girls in this video is misrepresentative of the general population.

Is there a lack of feminist history and the study of women rights in American education systems?


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