Stories by Susan J. Douglas

Susan J. Douglas is a professor of communications at the University of Michigan and an In These Times columnist. Her latest book is "Enlightened Sexism: The Seductive Message That Feminism's Work is Done." She writes frequently on gender issues, media criticism and national politics. subscribe to Susan J. Douglas's feed

Posted on: Feb 9, 2016, Source: In These Times

One of the biggest lessons of Flint is that governments do not work better if they are “run like a business.”

Posted on: Jan 4, 2014, Source: In These Times

The Right wants us to think higher education has no value.

Posted on: Jan 7, 2011, Source: St. Martin's Press

Susan J. Douglas's new book illuminates the proliferation of apparently strong feminist icons who, in reality, are holding back the feminist movement.

Posted on: Feb 28, 2010, Source: In These Times

Enlightened sexism tells women that they gain "true power" through the calculated deployment of their faces, bodies, attire and sexuality.

Posted on: Jul 8, 2008, Source: In These Times

Our culture's conflicted attitudes toward femininity (too much is weak) versus feminism (too assertive) leaves women with no place to stand.

Posted on: Jan 6, 2008, Source: In These Times

The subprime fiasco is just one example of how banks profit from shady practices.

Posted on: Oct 23, 2007, Source: In These Times

The <i>New York Times Book Review's</i> recent nasty review of Katha Pollitt's memoir is only the latest in a long line of outlandish attacks on feminists.

Posted on: Oct 25, 2005, Source: In These Times

The Democratic leadership seems somehow unable to grasp the huge gap in outrage between them and their base.

Posted on: Feb 25, 2005, Source: In These Times

Credit cards manage to further impoverish the poor, the working classes and women and are rife with hidden scams that benefit the financial institutions at our expense. The Bush version of Social Security will be just like this.

Posted on: Aug 25, 2004, Source: In These Times

Competition between the networks is heating up as fall approaches, but there are still plenty of undeveloped reality TV premises that producers should be jumping at.

Posted on: Apr 21, 2004, Source: In These Times

Mothers have no paid maternity leave, no universal healthcare, no comprehensive after-school programs, no genuine new support of our public schools. The right to control our own reproductive lives is under total siege.

Posted on: Mar 27, 2004, Source: In These Times

The Bush administration has more women in powerful positions than any in history. Unfortunately, that's nothing to cheer about.

Posted on: Nov 16, 2003, Source: In These Times

Are women who stay home with their children a symbol of the failure of feminism or is this another example of capitalism run amok?

Posted on: Aug 11, 2003, Source: In These Times

This summer the mainstream media is finally showing signs that it may rediscover that portion of the body known as a spine.

Posted on: Dec 1, 2002, Source: In These Times

"The Bachelor" is wildly popular with women because it tells them what they need to succeed. Fifty years later, it is still beauty not brains.

Posted on: Sep 3, 2002, Source: In These Times

Your TV will soon be bombared with 9/11 retrospective documentaries, but what if progressives could have an hour or two to recap the last year?

Posted on: May 12, 2002, Source: In These Times

Postfeminism is an invention promoted most vigorously by the right, and aided and abetted all along the way by the corporate media.

Posted on: Apr 3, 2002, Source: In These Times

Although it pays tribute to liberal humanistic values, America's favorite White House drama absolutely celebrates -- maybe even fetishizes -- workaholism.

Posted on: Jun 26, 2000, Source: El Dorado Sun

Eighty percent of the hosts and a majority of those who listen to political talk radio are men. A new gender hybrid -- the male hysteric -- has emerged in these talk radio shows as a deft, desperate way to thwart feminism and take back masculine power roles.