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What – and Who – Is a Postfeminist?

Posted on February 24 2010 6:00 am
Suzanne Venker, a.k.a. "No Bull Mom," is an author, blogger, and speaker. You can find her at
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Megyn Kelley, anchor of the new FOX news program America Live (1 pm EST), has been dubbed a “postfeminist babe.” Sarah Palin has been labeled a postfeminist as well. Which begs the question: Just who or what is a postfeminist?

According to the dictionary, postfeminist means “of, relating to, or occurring in the period following widespread advocacy and acceptance of feminism.” Traditional feminists (oops, that’s a misnomer) would say it pertains to women who were fortunate enough to be born after feminists did all the hard work for them. In other words, women like Kelly who, born after 1970, can’t possibly appreciate what their mothers did for them. It is because of them that women like Kelly have such great lives.

Hogwash. American women do not owe their allegiance to modern feminists. The original feminists, yes; they were called suffragettes. But their contribution had to do with obtaining the female vote and demanding women be viewed as separate intellectual beings. Suffragettes were also pro-family and would have been horrified at the idea of abortion. These early feminists have nothing in common with modern feminists who’ve been doing their damage since the 1960s.

The folks to whom women are truly indebted are inventors like Thomas Edison, who invented electricity; Elias Howe, who invented the sewing machine; Clarence Birdseye, who invented the process for frozen foods; and Bill Gates. These men, ironically, created the technology and labor-saving devices that make the modern woman’s life a breeze. Women’s household duties have been reduced to only a few hours a day, liberating them from household drudgery and allowing them to pursue more intellectual endeavors.

So what did modern feminism do for women? Made them more miserable, that’s what. According to the National Bureau of Economic Research in the American Economic Journal (2009), women’s happiness has measurably declined since 1970. The results of this study were highlighted in a recent Time magazine cover story, titled “The State of the American Woman.” The most shocking aspect of this finding is that women no longer view marriage as “a necessary station” on the road to financial security or parenthood . Today, more men than women consider marriage vital to their happiness. For the first time in history, American men are up against a nation of women who believe they’re unnecessary.

Some progress.

Suzanne Venker is an author, blogger, and former teacher. You can read more of her work at No Bull Mom and Right Pundits.

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