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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Mass Magazine Cover Girls : Some Reflections on Postfeminist Girls and Postfeminism's Daughters 40 SARAH PROJANSKY 3. Living a Charmed Life : The Magic of Postfeminist Sisterhood 73 HANNAH E. SANDERS 4.
It generates and draws strength , for instance , from a rhetorical field that produces buzzwords and slogans to express visions of energetic personal empowerment ( the borrowed African American idiom " You go , girl !
20 The commodification of ethnicity and a racially marked " urban " culture is also explored in this volume by Sarah Banet - Weiser in her analysis of girls , diversity , and the commercial strategies adopted by Nickelodeon ...
In recent years , a number of significant books have provided a context for this volume : Yvonne Tasker's Working Girls : Gender and Sexuality in Popular Cinema ; Sharon Willis's High Contrast : Race and Gender in Contemporary Hollywood ...
a 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 ...