About this blog

Welcome to Pondering Postfeminism, a blog by Sydney researcher and writer Dr Penelope Robinson.

Alongside the exploration of postfeminism as a concept, this blog ponders pop culture, gender, cultural theory, sociology, politics, current events, and anything else that happens to take my fancy.

Unless stated otherwise, all work on this site is written by Penelope Robinson. If you wish to use my work, please acknowledge appropriately.

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This work by Penelope Robinson is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Australia License.

Here’s an example of how to correctly reference my work:

Author, “Title of post”, URL, date posted, date accessed.

Robinson, Penelope, “Super women and the changing face of feminism“, https://postfeminist.wordpress.com, Feb 17 2010, accessed: 24/2/2010.

If you are referencing my work published elsewhere (see My Publications), you will need to cite the journal article, book, or conference where it was originally published. Contact me if you would like more information about how to do this.


The image on the banner above is a photograph I took when I was at a feminist conference in Liverpool in the UK in 2009. The building in the foreground is the Blue Coat School, an historic Liverpudlian structure, now an arts venue where the conference was hosted. The background is a billboard from the nearby shopping precinct – I didn’t photoshop the face in there. It’s Twiggy! I loved my short time in Liverpool, a city where the old and the new are excitingly mixed together. I thought the combination of the face of a female icon from the 60s with the building where I presented a paper about “postfeminism in popular culture”, was a fitting image for my blog!


4 Responses to “About this blog”

  1. Kristen Phillips Says:

    Hi Penelope,
    I know this is probably not the best way to contact you but I’m having trouble finding an email address for you, so:
    I was wondering if you would be interested in contributing to a book on the popularity of erotic fiction, see http://permalink.gmane.org/gmane.culture.studies.general/14173. We would really like to have a chapter that looks at ‘women’s’ erotic fiction in relation to the idea of postfeminism. I saw you give a paper on Sex and the City in Kalgoorlie a few years ago and like your work.
    Many thanks!
    Kristen (K.Phillips@curtin.edu.au)

    • doctorpen Says:

      Thanks for thinking of my Kristen! I’ll email you. And you’ve reminded me that I must put my email address somewhere obvious on this site! Cheers, Pen.

  2. Jennifer Jones Says:

    Hi Penelope, I’m currently writing up a research proposal to articulate into a Masters/PhD at Monash in Psychology and an keen to continue researching the area of women’s mental health.
    I’m interested in role and identity (and changes) through pregnancy, birth and parenting. The literature and theory dates to the 50’s so I was keen to have a look at mental health outcomes in light of current expectations of women and women’s expectations of birth. (With the question in mind ‘are women being set up to fail?’)
    I would really appreciate being pointed in the direction of feminist/postfeminist literature on the construct of societal roles and influences on women.
    Thank you!

    • doctorpen Says:

      Hi Jennifer, it’s hard to know where to start on this issue, because there really is so much literature (gender studies/sociology, etc) around societal roles and influences on women.

      For some modern feminist (and Australian/NZ) perspectives on motherhood, birth, etc, you might like to check out the joint feminist blog called Hoyden About Town. You can search by tag, for example: http://hoydenabouttown.com/index-tags/motherhood/ There is quite a bit of material on there about reproductive justice and other women’s health issues which might be relevant for your study. Have a look there for a jumping off point towards the academic literature.

      A book I’d recommend is an Australian collection of essays called “The Good Mother”: http://purl.library.usyd.edu.au/sup/9781920899530

      Although this might be more about motherhood, and perhaps you’re searching more specifically for expectations of birth. I can’t think of a specific piece off the top of my head, but there is certainly an abundance of feminist academic literature surrounding birth, midwifery, and so on.

      If I think of some more relevant sources I’ll let you know. Good luck with your application and further studies! Sounds really interesting.


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