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Women in Popular Culture: Representation and Meaning (Marian Meyers)

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Title: Women in Popular Culture
Sub-title: Representation and Meaning
Editor(s): Marian Meyers
Publish Date: May 2008
Pages: 316
Format: Paper
Following upon the success of her book, Mediated Women: Representations in Popular Culture, the author’s latest anthology takes a new look at a wide range of contemporary images of women within the media to examine the meanings behind the representations of women in popular culture. This book explores what representation of women says about their positions in society, the factors that shape representation, and the roles that gender, race, class, ethnicity and sexual orientation play within the mediated portrayal of women.

Drawing primarily on qualitative textual analysis of film, reality TV, advertising, the news, children’s programming, soap operas, TV drama, and more, the book situates the representation of woemn in popular culture along a continuum ranging from stereotypical portrayals that underscore women’s bodies as pornographic spectacle to more positive and hopeful depictions. And it argues that the contemporary portrayals of women within popular culture are shaped by two major trends: the mainstreaming of pornography and its resultant hypersexualization of women and girls, and the commodification of those images for a global market.

Contents: Introduction. Women in Popular Culture: All Sexed Up and Global to Go, Marian Meyers. The Pornogrification of Women. A (Bad) Habit of Thinking Challengingand Changing the Pornographic Worldview, Jane Caputi. Lolita Lives!: An Examination of Sexual Portrayals of Adolescent Girls in Fashion Advertising, Debra Merskin. Bodies and Difference. NippleMania: Black Feminism, Corporeal Fragmentation, and the Politics of Public Consumption, Kimberly Wallace-Sanders and Brittany Cooper.

“Made to be the Maid?”: An Examination of the Latina as Maid

in Mainstream Film and Television, Rosa E. Soto. The Multiply Transgressive Body of Anna Nicole Smith, Karen C. Pitcher. Hybridity and the Global Market. Climbing the Great Wall of Feminism: Disney’s Mulan, Jill Birnie Henke. Bollywood and Globalization: Reassembling Gender and Nation in Kal Ho Na Ho, Anjali Ram. “I am Cenicienta (Cinderella) and I’m Choosing My Prince”: Reality TV Adapts an Old Fairy Tale for the New Millennium, Susana Kaiser. Limited Resistance. Structuring the Status Quo: The L Word and Queer Female Acceptability, Rebecca Kern. The Burden of History: Representations of American Indian Women in Popular Media, S. Elizabeth Bird. Finding Progress. Power(Puff) Feminism: The Powerpuff Girls As a Siteof Strength and Collective Action in the Third Wave, Rebecca C. Hains. Feminism And Daytime Soap Operas, Elayne Rapping. The Dialectical Relationship: of Women and Media, Carolyn M. Byerly. Author Index. Subject Index.

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