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It must first be stated that there is no agreement about how postfeminism can be defined, and consequently definitions essentially contradict each other in what they say about the term. At its most straightforward, the prefix ‘post’ in this context means ‘going beyond’ or ‘superseding’: it could therefore be seen as a confident announcement that feminism has achieved its key aims and that there is full equality for all women and a blurring of the boundaries between traditional ascriptions of gender. Given that a brief scrutiny of our current social formation does not support this view, we might, however, imagine that a postfeminist position is one formulated due to dissatisfaction with existing feminist politics and is to be located in an entirely new area ...

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