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Stories of OprahThe Oprahfication of American Culture$
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Trystan T. Cotten and Kimberly Springer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781604734072

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604734072.001.0001

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“I’m Everywoman”

“I’m Everywoman”

Oprah Winfrey and Feminist Identification

(p.19) 2 Chapter Two “I’m Everywoman”
Stories of Oprah

Jennifer L. Rexroat

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter uses Patricia Misciagno’s theory of de facto feminism as a framework to explore Oprah Winfrey’s feminist identification, and shows that while claiming to be the anthemic Everywoman, Winfrey does not claim a feminist identity for herself or for her talk show. She does, however, occupy the position of the premier de facto feminist: “Oprah promotes feminist ideology and practice without explicitly acknowledging the fact that she is endorsing either feminism or the United States women’s movement.”

Keywords:   Oprah Winfrey, Patricia Misciagno, de facto feminism, feminist identity

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