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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... young women ( and men ) conversant with feminist critiques of representation . Recent books such as those by Kim Akass and Janet McCabe ( 2004 ) and Ariel Levy ( 2005 ) exemplify the emergence of popularized feminist scholarship .
Such analysis of gendered and racial types is staged within a developing media context , one in which , as Herman Gray writes , commodified " representations of American blackness circulate widely via mass media and popular culture ...
In this anthology , Suzanne Leonard explores the ramifications of class on gendered representation in the United States , taking up the figure of the " bored woman worker " in such films as The Good Girl ( 2002 ) .
Tracking the presence and absence of race discourses in both postfeminist representation and the scholarship on postfeminism remains a vital task . ” Once again the emerging postfeminist canon alluded to in popular commentaries ...
... Thomas Frank's One Market under God : Extreme Capitalism , Market Populism , and the End of Economic Democracy , and Herman Gray's Cultural Moves : African Americans and the Politics of Representation.44 In this volume , the essays ...