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Amy J. Binder and Kate Wood

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691145372

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691145372.001.0001

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Conservative Femininity

Conservative Femininity

(p.270) Chapter 7 Conservative Femininity
Becoming Right

Amy J. Binder

Kate Wood

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines how gender influences college conservatism, focusing on what is known as “conservative femininity”—the set of national-level ideas found in politics and the media. It considers the extent to which ideas about conservative femininity are shared across campuses at Eastern Elite University and the Western Public system, and whether and how gender may intersect with other demands of being a conservative member of campus. The example of conservative women reveals that individuals' differing experiences can encourage or discourage their embrace of local political styles. The chapter shows that women across both campuses show a strong distaste for mainstream feminism while seeking to recapture femininity. It also dicusses the career plans of women on the two campuses and how they use conservatism as a gender strategy.

Keywords:   gender, college conservatism, conservative femininity, Eastern Elite University, Western Public system, conservative women, political style, feminism, career plans

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