Interrogating Postfeminism: Gender and the Politics of Popular Culture
This timely collection brings feminist critique to bear on contemporary postfeminist mass media culture, analyzing phenomena ranging from action films featuring violent heroines to the “girling” of aging women in productions such as the movie Something’s Gotta Give and the British television series 10 Years Younger. Broadly defined, “postfeminism” encompasses a set of assumptions that feminism has accomplished its goals and is now a thing of the past. It presumes that women are unsatisfied with their (taken for granted) legal and social equality and can find fulfillment only through practices of transformation and empowerment. Postfeminism is defined by class, age, and racial exclusions; it is youth-obsessed and white and middle-class by default. Anchored in consumption as a strategy and leisure as a site for the production of the self, postfeminist mass media assumes that the pleasures and lifestyles with which it is associated are somehow universally shared and, perhaps more significantly, universally accessible.
Essays by feminist film, media, and literature scholars based in the United States and United Kingdom provide an array of perspectives on the social and political implications of postfeminism. Examining magazines, mainstream and independent cinema, popular music, and broadcast genres from primetime drama to reality television, contributors consider how postfeminism informs self-fashioning through makeovers and cosmetic surgery, the “metrosexual” male, the “black chick flick,” and more. Interrogating Postfeminism demonstrates not only the viability of, but also the necessity for, a powerful feminist critique of contemporary popular culture.
Contributors. Sarah Banet-Weiser, Steven Cohan, Lisa Coulthard, Anna Feigenbaum, Suzanne Leonard, Angela McRobbie, Diane Negra, Sarah Projansky, Martin Roberts, Hannah E. Sanders, Kimberly Springer, Yvonne Tasker, Sadie Wearing
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While Levy, a journalist, explores the formulaic female sexualities of a culture in which (most often young) women enthusiastically perform patriarchal stereotypes of sexual servility in the name of em- powerment, Akass and McCabe, ...
If postfeminist popular culture celebrates female agency and women's powers of consumption, it also anxiously raises the ... at a time when “feminism itself seems most evident as a 'structuring absence' for middle class young women.
nism, updating and reinflecting works such as Angela McRobbie's Feminism and Youth Culture and Valerie Walkerdine's Daddy's Girl: Young Girls and Popular Culture, which have identified female youth culture as an important site for ...
... scandal as the explosion of “a protracted build up of exasperation over the persistent under-representation of women in positions of prominence and authority, ... On the emergence of chick lit, see Ferriss and Young, Chick Lit. 27.
Finally, it suggests that by means of the tropes of freedom and choice that are now inextricably connected with the category of “young women,” feminism is decisively “aged” and made to seem redundant. Feminism is cast into the shadows, ...
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