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  • How is gender constructed in the media?
  • To what extent do portrayals of gender influence everyday perceptions of ourselves and our actions?
  • In what ways do the media reinforce and sometimes challenge gender inequalities?

Critical Readings: Media and Gender provides a lively and engaging introduction to the field of media and gender research, drawing from a wide range of important international scholarship. A variety of conceptual and methodological approaches is used to explore subjects such as: entertainment; news; grassroots communication; new media texts; institutions; audiences. Topics include:

  • Gender identity and television talk shows
  • Historical portrayals of women in advertising
  • The sexualization of the popular press
  • The representation of lesbians on television
  • The cult of femininity in women's magazines
  • Images of African American women and Latinas in Hollywood cinema
  • Sexual violence in the media
  • Women in popular music
  • Pornography and masculine power
  • Women's relationship to the Internet.

This book is ideal for undergraduate courses in cultural and media studies, gender studies, the sociology of the media, mass communication, journalism, communication studies and politics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335210978
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/1/2003
  • Series: Issues in Cultural and Media Studies
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia Carter is Lecturer in Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University, UK. Her previous books include Violence and the Media (Open University Press, 2003), Environmental Risks and the Media (2000) and News, Gender and Power (1998). She is co-editor of the journal Feminist Media Studies .

Linda Steiner is Associate Professor in Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA. She is editor of Critical Studies in Media Communication , serves on six journal editorial boards, and has written 30 journal articles and book chapters on feminist media, mediaethics, and journalism history. She is co-author of the forthcoming book The History of Women in Journalism in the US and UK (2994).

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Table of Contents




Cynthia Carter and Linda Steiner

Cynthia Carter and Linda Steiner


3. From Mrs Happyman to Kissing Chaps Goodbye: Advertising Reconstructs Femininity
Myra Macdonald

4. The Politics of the Smile: ‘Soft News’ and the Sexualization of the Popular Press
Patricia Holland

5. Murder, Gender, and the Media: Sexualizing Politics and Violence
Saraswati Sunindyo

6. Old Strategies for New Texts: How American Television is Creating and Treating Lesbian Characters
Marguerite Moritz

7. Pretty Tough: The Cult of Femininity in Women’s Magazines
Sherrie A. Inness


8. The Impact of Media Monitoring
Margaret Gallagher

9. The Great Rock and Roll Swindle: The Representation of Women in the British Rock Music Press
Helen Davies

10. Losing Fear: Video and Radio Productions of Native Aymara Women
Carmen Ruíz

11. The Commercialization of Masculinities: From the 'New Man' to the 'New Lad'
John Beynon

12. Women and the Internet: The Natural History of a Research Project
Anne Scott, Lesley Semmens and Lynette Willoughby


13. Knowing Pornography
Robert Jensen

14. Sapphires, Spitfires, Sluts, and Superbitches: Aframericans and Latinas in Contemporary Hollywood Film
Elizabeth Hadley Freydberg

15. Women and Soap Operas: Resistive Readings
Mary Ellen Brown

16. Freud vs Women: The Popularization of Therapy on Daytime Talk Shows
Jane Shattuc

16. What Girls Want: The Intersections of Leisure and Power in Female Computer Game Play
Heather Gilmour




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