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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As a result , postfeminist culture poses particular challenges to feminist media studies , a discipline often characterized by an interest in reading popular culture against the grain , seeking out those traces of feminism that might be ...
... with postmodern aesthetics.14 Like postmodernism , postfeminism involves a particular relationship to late capitalist culture and the forms of work , leisure , and , crucially , consumption that thrive within that culture .
... media.22 With its particular capacity to articulate the ordinary , reality Tv provides a rich nexus of the desire for transformation , the yearning to achieve perfection in one's physical self and / or domestic environment , and the ...
Yet there are national specificities to postfeminism , addressed here through the essays by Martin Roberts and Hannah Sanders in particular . The essays presented here draw examples from a range of media — television , film , music ...
Thus , perspectives on it are importantly shaped by scholarly work that is conceptually pertinent while not necessarily centralizing postfeminism per se . In particular , we 16 Yvonne Tasker and Diane Negra.