Featuring Females: Feminist Analyses of Media

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Overview

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 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: 1,164,200
  • 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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