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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Remapping the Resonances of Riot Grrrl : Feminisms , Postfeminisms , and “ Processes ” of Punk 132 ANNA FEIGENBAUM 6. Killing Bill : Rethinking Feminism and Film Violence 153 LISA COULTHARD 7. Queer Eye for the Straight Guise : Camp ,
Queer Eye for the Straight Guise : Camp , Postfeminism , and the Fab Five's Makeovers of Masculinity 176 STEVEN COHAN 8. What's Your Flava ? Race and Postfeminism in Media Culture 201 SARAH BANET - WEISER 9.
( a claim founded , it seems , on increased levels of body and fashion awareness and of course - consumption among men ) . Whether in Queer Eye for the Straight Guy , British dramas such as Life Begins ( 2004 ) ...
or " specials " such as Britain's Worst Husbands ( itv , 2004 ) , straight white men are presented as in need of change . Straight masculinity is thus rendered comic - albeit temporarily and under certain circumstances , and straight ...
It is worth observing , however , that postfeminist representation typically celebrates women's strength while lightly critiquing or gently ridiculing straight masculinity . It makes regular use of gay male identities , as Steven ...