Allison Yarrow: 90s Bitch: Media, Culture, and the Failed Promise of Gender Equality
Today, says author Allison Yarrow, there are echoes of 90s "bitchification" nearly everywhere we look. To understand why, we must revisit and interrogate the 1990s--a decade in which female empowerment was twisted into objectification, exploitation, and subjugation. Trailblazing women like Hillary Clinton, Anita Hill, and Marcia Clark were undermined. Newsmakers like Monica Lewinsky, Tonya Harding, and Lorena Bobbitt were shamed and misunderstood. The advent of the 24-hour news cycle reinforced society's deeply entrenched sexism. Meanwhile, marketers hijacked feminism and poisoned girlhood for a generation of young women. Yarrow's thoughtful, juicy, and timely examination is a must-read for anyone trying to understand 21st century sexism and end it for the next generation.Allison Yarrow is an award-winning journalist and speaker who has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Vox, Time, Newsweek, and more. She also produced the award-winning Vice News documentary "Misconception," about reproductive healthcare access and policy, and gave a TED talk called "What to Expect Post- Expecting."
Heidi Stevens is a columnist at the Chicago Tribune, where she has worked as a writer and editor since 1998. Her daily column, Balancing Act, tackles current events, pop culture, parenting, relationships, body image and gender bias and explores the ways they intersect.