Skip to main content

Rise of Enlightened Sexism in Mass Media, Sept. 21

  • Published: September 02, 2010


  • Susan Douglas speaks at Nazareth on September 21 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Arts Center, Room A14
  • Douglas is well-known author and professor of communications at University of Michigan and has appeared in the national media

For More Information

For event info:

Rachel Bailey Jones, Ph.D. -  (585) 389-5139 or

For media info:

Julie Long - (585) 389-2456 or


Rise of Enlightened Sexism in Mass Media, Sept. 21

Nazareth College is presenting author  Susan Douglas for a talk titled Rise of Enlightened Sexism in the Mass Media, on September 21 at 5:30 p.m. in the Nazareth College Arts Center, Room A14.  It is free and open to the public. Douglas describes it as a subtle, sneaky form of sexism that seems, on the surface, to accept and even embrace women’s achievements, but underneath is devoted to attacking feminism and to keeping women, especially young women, in their place.   From the rise of The Spice Girls to Girls Gone Wild, Douglas reveals the mixed messages surrounding women today about succumbing to and resisting enlightened sexism. For more information, contact Nazareth’s Rachel Bailey Jones, Ph.D., at (585) 389-5139 or . Nazareth College is located at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, NY, 14618.  The lecture is sponsored by the School of Education’s Alice Foley Lecture Fund, co-sponsored by Women and Gender Studies and the department of Social and Psychological Foundations of Education.

Douglas is the Catherine Neafie Kellogg Professor of Communication Studies at The University of Michigan and Chair of the Department.  She is author of Enlightened Sexism:  The Seductive Message That Feminism’s Work Is Done (Times Books/Henry Holt, 2010); The Mommy Myth:  The Idealization of Motherhood and How it Undermines Women (with Meredith Michaels, The Free Press, 2004); Listening In:  Radio and the American Imagination (Times Books, 1999), which won the Hacker Prize in 2000 for the best popular book about technology and culture, Where The Girls Are:  Growing Up Female with the Mass Media (Times Books, 1994; Penguin, 1995) and Inventing American Broadcasting, 1899-1922 (Johns Hopkins, 1987).  She received her bachelor’s from Elmira College (Phi Beta Kappa) and her master’s and doctorate from Brown University. 

Douglas has lectured at colleges and universities around the country, and has written for The Nation, In These Times, The Village Voice, Ms., The Washington Post and TV Guide, and was media critic for The Progressive from 1992-1998.  Her column “Back Talk” appears monthly in In These Times.  She has appeared on The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Working Woman, CNBC's Equal Time, NPR's Fresh Air, Weekend Edition, The Diane Rehm Show, Talk of the Nation, Michael Feldman’s Whad’ya Know and various radio talk shows around the country. Where the Girls Are was widely praised, and chosen one of the top ten books of 1994 by National Public Radio, Entertainment Weekly and The McLaughlin Group. She serves on the Board of the George Foster Peabody awards, and in 2010 was selected as Chair of the Board.  She is the 2009 recipient of the Leonardo Da Vinci Prize, the highest honor given by the Society for the History of Technology to an individual who has greatly contributed to the history of technology through research, teaching, publications, and other activities.  She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband and daughter.

Personal tools