Interrogating Postfeminism: Gender and the Politics of Popular Culture / Edition 1

Interrogating Postfeminism: Gender and the Politics of Popular Culture / Edition 1

by Yvonne Tasker
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822340321

ISBN-13: 9780822340324

Pub. Date: 11/02/2007

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

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…  See more details below

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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 by 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822340324
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
11/02/2007
Series:
Console-ing Passions
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Sales rank:
1,049,998
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction: Feminist Politics and Postfeminist Culture   Yvonne Tasker   Diane Negra     1
Postfeminism and Popular Culture: Bridget Jones and the New Gender Regime   Angela McRobbie     27
Mass Magazine Cover Girls: Some Reflections on Postfeminist Girls and Postfeminism's Daughters   Sarah Projansky     40
Living a Charmed Life: The Magic of Postfeminist Sisterhood   Hannah E. Sanders     73
"I Hate My Job, I Hate Everybody Here": Adultery, Boredom, and the "Working Girl" in Twenty-First-Century American Cinema   Suzanne Leonard     100
Remapping the Resonances of Riot Grrrl: Feminisms, Postfeminisms, and "Processes" of Punk   Anna Feigenbaum     132
Killing Bill: Rethinking Feminism and Film Violence   Lisa Coulthard     153
Queer Eye for the Straight Guise: Camp, Postfeminism, and the Fab Five's Makeovers of Masculinity   Steven Cohan     176
What's Your Flava? Race and Postfeminism in Media Culture   Sarah Banet-Weiser     201
The Fashion Police: Governing the Self in What Not to Wear   Martin Roberts     227
Divas, Evil Black Bitches, and Bitter Black Women: African American Women in Postfeminist and Post-Civil-Rights Popular Culture   Kimberly Springer     249
Subjects of Rejuvenation: Aging in Postfeminist Culture   Sadie Wearing     277
Bibliography     311
Contributors     331
Index     335

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