Contained Empowerment and the Liminal Nature of Feminisms and Activisms examines the processes by which activist successes are limited and outlines a theoretical framing of the liminal and temporal limits to social justice efforts as “contained empowerment.” With a focused lens on the third wave and contemporary forms of feminism, the author investigates feminist activity from the early 1990s through responses and reactions to the overturning of Roe v. Wade in 2022 and contrasts these efforts with anti-feminist, white supremacist, and other structural normalizing efforts designed to limit and repress women's, gendered, and reproductive rights. This book includes analyses of celebrity activism, girl power, transnational feminist NGOs, digital feminisms, and the feminist mimicry applied by practitioners of neo-liberal and anti-feminism. Victoria A. Newsom concludes that the contained nature of feminist empowerment illustrates how activists must engage directly with intersectional challenges and address the multiplicities of structural oppressions in order to breach containment.
Victoria A. Newsom is professor of communication studies and affiliate faculty in social justice and diversity at Olympic College.
Section I: Theorizing Contained Empowerment
Chapter 1: Contained Empowerment: Negotiating In/Visibility and Action
Chapter 2: The Contained Embodiment of Feminist Activism
Chapter 3: The Liminality of Feminist Waves
Section II: The Contained Nature of US Third Wave Feminisms
Chapter 4: Metaphors of Containment
Chapter 5: Digital Activism as an Echo Chamber
Chapter 6: In/Visible Activism: The Contained Nature of Feminist NGOization
Section III: Contemporary Activisms, Polarizations, and Problematic Containments
Chapter 7: The Containment of Digital Celebrity and Fan Activisms
Chapter 8: Backlash and Mimicry as Carnivalesque Liminality
Chapter 9: Activism to Breach Containment