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Empowered Ambivalence: An Analysis of Feminist Wedding Planning

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dc.contributor.advisor Hanrahan, Nancy Weiss Cecil, Mireille
dc.creator Cecil, Mireille 2014-05-02 2014-10-08T17:57:05Z 2014-10-08T17:57:05Z 2014-10-08
dc.description.abstract What do contemporary feminist weddings look like? What kind of resources are available for people who identify as feminists and, for varied reasons, also want to enter into the institution of marriage? Through an analysis of two self-described feminist wedding planning guidebooks and their corresponding websites, I analyze how feminism has entered the wedding industry and how young women grapple with the anxiety and ambivalence of planning the wedding while also trying to stay true to their political and social values. The findings suggest that it is not so much what goes into a wedding that defines it as feminist in these spaces, but how weddings are framed through the lens of self-help that defines the terms and limitations of political and cultural critique. The result is a rose-tinted version of feminism based on consumer logic that reproduces many of the vary inequalities it seeks to address.
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Weddings en_US
dc.subject Critical theory en_US
dc.subject Feminism en_US
dc.subject Consumption (Economics) en_US
dc.subject Internet en_US
dc.title Empowered Ambivalence: An Analysis of Feminist Wedding Planning en_US
dc.type Thesis en Master of Arts in Sociology en_US Master's en Sociology en George Mason University en

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