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Analysing principled resistance to affirmative action

Richardson-Self, L ORCID: 0000-0002-0010-8615 2021 , 'Analysing principled resistance to affirmative action' , Feminist Media Studies , pp. 1-17 , doi:

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Why are some people resistant to affirmative action (AA) measures in Australia? On what grounds do people take a principled stance against AA? The article explores the resistance of online commentators to AA in a spread of domains, including politics, employment, and awards. These data reveal that sexism, misogyny, and the values of liberal humanism work together to present opposition to AA as justified. To alter this perspective, it will be necessary to challenge the scope of “prepackaged” liberal values in addition to addressing misogynistic hostility and fighting sexist tropes.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Richardson-Self, L
Keywords: affirmative action, quotas, merit, sexism, misogyny, equality
Journal or Publication Title: Feminist Media Studies
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1471-5902
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