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Using popular culture as a fertile environment for challenging the stereotype that the most brilliant geeks or nerds must be men, the essays in this book demonstrate how the popular media repeatedly affirms stereotypes of femininity while paradoxically challenging the stigmatization of smart women. Contributors salute a wide range of popular characters and real female role models, from Daria to Hillary Rodham Clinton, weaving in references to television shows like Gilmore Girls and analyses of classic icons like Sabrina.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"A fun read, and a thought-provoking one at that."--Curled Up With a Good Book

"[Inness] does an excellent job of showing how long girls’ culture has been shaping the gender of American women and how pervasively it does so."--The Lion and the Unicorn

"A significant contribution to girls’ studies."--Signs
"Recommended." --CHOICE

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403979025
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 5/1/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Sherrie A. Inness is Professor of English, Miami University. She is the author and editor of over a dozen books including Action Chicks (Palgrave 2004) and Secret Ingredients (Palgrave 2005).

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Who Remembers Sabrina? Intelligence, Gender, and the Media--Sherrie A. Inness * Beauty and the Geek: Changing Gender Stereotypes in the Gilmore Girls Century--Karin E. Westman
• Lab Coats and Lipstick: Smart Women Reshape Science on Television--Lorna Jowett * "You Can See Things That Other People Can't": Changing Images of the Girl with Glasses, from Gidget to Daria--Cindy Conaway * "Pretty Smart": Subversive Intelligence in Girl Power Cartoons--Rebecca C. Hains * Super Slacker Girls: Dropping out but Divinely Inspired--Michele Paule * Back to the Future: The Brilliant Witches in Bewitched--Linda Baughman, Linda Manning & Allison Burr-Miller
• Dangerous Minds: The Woman Professor on Television--Leigh H. Edwards * Raising the Bar: Brilliant Women Lawyers from Ann Kelsey to Miranda Hobbes--Sharon Sutherland & Sarah Swan * Savvy Women, Old Boy's School Politics, and The West Wing--Beth Berila * Heckling Hillary: Jokes, Late-Night Television, and Hillary Rodham Clinton--Jeannie Banks Thomas

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