In the early part of the 21st century, there are three central elements of antifeminism. These elements consist of (1) the idea that the feminist movement is over and has achieved its goals; (2) the assumption that the United States is in a “postfeminist” era that emphasizes individualism, not collective action; and (3) a push toward traditional gender roles immediately after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. These three interrelated aspects of antifeminism make feminism as a political movement seem passé and irrelevant and make feminists appear to be out of touch and complaining. The expression of each of these elements, as well as their cultural and political implications, is discussed below.

Feminist Victory

First, there is in American culture an assumption of feminist victory. The ...

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