When It Suits Me, I’m a Feminist: International Students Negotiating Feminist Representations
This paper explores young women international students and their negotiation of and resistance to feminist identities. Providing a global context to “I’m not a feminist, but” literature, this research builds on social movements, feminist, postfeminist, third wave, and feminist media literature. Based on individual interviews with thirteen women attending Goldsmiths College, University of London, I find evidence that transnational stereotypes of American feminists are pervasive and contribute to these women’s resistance to feminist identities. Such narrow conceptions of the feminist collective identity stands in opposition to the ways feminism is practiced on a day-to-day basis, and contributes to a complex negotiation of the feminist identity.
Keywords: Feminism, Feminist identities, Gender, Social Movements
Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, University of California-Santa Barbara