Introduction: Orienting Feminism: Media, Activism, and Cultural Representation
This chapter situates Orienting Feminism in contemporary feminist engagements with media, activism, and cultural representations. Alongside an outline of the book, Dale and Overell examine what feminism means and how it operates in the contemporary moment. They regard feminism as circulatory, as a movement that does not sit still and so can never be fully placed or fixed, which makes it compatible with the idea of orientation. Thinking about feminism’s ongoing self-critique, this chapter treats the feminist impulse as an orientation—a tending-towards a future without patriarchy. In this book, the authors ask how feminism orients our responses to cultural events, happenings, and representations in recent times. Dale and Overell situate the feminist chapters in the book as provocations for readers that offer a glimpse of the many lively sites of feminism today.