Gender and the Law Prof Blog

Editor: Tracy A. Thomas
University of Akron School of Law

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Michelle Obama as the "Feminist Nightmare"

This past week's brouhaha resulting from the accusation that Michelle Obama is a "feminist nightmare" is actually a good example of popular discourse of the complexities of gender, race, and class.  It's regular people sorting through some of the abstractions of feminism and intersectionality analysis.  The initial incidendiary article from Politico argued that Michelle Obama is a sell-out to feminists because she took her top education, training, profession, and power and abandoned in all to be Mom-in-chief.  See Leaning Out: How Michelle Obama Became a Feminist Nightmare.  Responses point to how Obama challenges the historic stereotype of Mammy and black women raising white women's children and alters the historic social resistence to black women's privilege of being homemakers.  See Melissa Harris-Perry Michelle Obama a Feminist Nightmare? Please.

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