Featuring Females: Feminist Analyses of Media

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The media provide strong and persuasive messages about the intersection of culture and gender roles. Given the power of the media to influence and "educate" the public, understanding its images of girls and women is critical. Featuring Females analyzes the portrayals of women in a variety of outlets including reality television shows, films, print and electronic news programming, magazines, video games, and commercial advertising. A highly esteemed group of scholars and researchers provides informed original psychological study, and their thought-provoking findings address the ways in which aging, race/ethnicity, body image, gender roles, sexual orientation and relationships, and violence are treated in the media. Featuring Females is a diverse and provocative volume, exploring images and characterizations of women young and old, and inspiring discussion of the effects that these representations have on girls, women, and society at large.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591472780
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Series: Psychology of Women Book Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 231
  • Sales rank: 1,206,887
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

I Beginning with girls : gender roles, body image, and sex 1
Ch. 1 The impact of media use on girls' beliefs about gender roles, their bodies, and sexual relationships : a research synthesis 3
Ch. 2 "He left her for the alien" : girls, television, and sex 25
Ch. 3 The media's role in body image and eating disorders 41
II Defining reality 57
Ch. 4 Clash of cultures : women and girls on TV and in real life 59
Ch. 5 Outwit, outlast, out-flirt? : the women of reality TV 71
Ch. 6 Narratives of gender in computer advertisements 85
Ch. 7 Hollywood's portrayal of psychologists and psychiatrists : gender and professional training differences 101
III Aggression and violence : victims and perpetrators 113
Ch. 8 Violence, sex, race, and age in popular video games : a content analysis 115
Ch. 9 Mama bears, bitches, and monsters : motherhood and violence in popular film 131
Ch. 10 Violence and women : news coverage of victims and perpetrators 143
Ch. 11 Gender and the portrayal of direct and indirect aggression on television 155
IV Gender images with a focus on race and age 167
Ch. 12 African American women in search of scripts 169
Ch. 13 Reflection and distortion : women of color in magazine advertisements 185
Ch. 14 Aging to perfection or perfectly aged? : the image of women growing older on television 199
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