Philosophical Feminism and Popular Culture

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The eight essays contained in Philosophical Feminism and Popular Culture explore the portrayal of women and various philosophical responses to that portrayal in contemporary post-civil rights society. The essays examine visual, print, and performance media—stand-up comedy, movies, television, and a blockbuster trilogy of novel. These philosophical feminist analyses of popular culture consider the possibilities, both positive and negative, that popular culture presents for articulating the structure of the social ...

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Overview

The eight essays contained in Philosophical Feminism and Popular Culture explore the portrayal of women and various philosophical responses to that portrayal in contemporary post-civil rights society. The essays examine visual, print, and performance media—stand-up comedy, movies, television, and a blockbuster trilogy of novel. These philosophical feminist analyses of popular culture consider the possibilities, both positive and negative, that popular culture presents for articulating the structure of the social and cultural practices in which gender matters, and for changing these practices if and when they follow from, lead to, or perpetuate discrimination on the basis of gender. The essays bring feminist voices to the conversation about gender and attests to the importance of feminist critique in what is sometimes claimed to be a post-feminist era.

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Editorial Reviews

Jane Duran
Joanne Waugh and Sharon Crasnow's volume is a valuable addition to contemporary feminist work. From 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' to television and beyond, the book helps the reader along with the underexamined intersection between feminism, philosophy and popular culture. The introduction is especially valuable as an explanatory piece on the sets of distinctions between popular art and other varieties.
Jane Caputi
Feminist philosophy gives attention to everyday life and social practices and the discourses that accompany these. Everyday popular culture remains an enormously influential source for both sexist constructions of women’s role and character as well as potent and vivid challenges to these. These essays by noted feminist philosophers range over topics including Black female comics, Sex and the City, Mad Men, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, and Battlestar Gallactica. They will enliven classroom discussions and be of interest to popular culture theorists as well as philosophers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739197776
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 9/12/2014
  • Pages: 210
  • Sales rank: 1,017,617
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 8.87 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Sharon Crasnow is Professor of Philosophy at Norco College in Southern California. She is a co-editor (with Anita M. Superson) of Out from the Shadows: Analytical Feminist Contributions to Traditional Philosophy (Oxford University Press 2012). Her current research is focused on feminist epistemology and philosophy of science, science and values, and epistemological questions relevant to the methodology in the social sciences.

Joanne Waugh is the American Foundation for Greek Language and Culture Professor of Greek Culture and Director of its Interdisciplinary Center of Hellenic Studies at the University of South Florida. She is also a member of the Department of Philosophy and serves as its director of Graduate Studies.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Introduction: Philosophers and Popular Culture
Chapter 1: The Seriously Erotic Politics of Laughter: Bitches, Whores, and Other Fumerists
Chapter 2: Black Female Crossover Comedy: Intersections of Race, Gender, and Freedom
Chapter 3: Pregnancy as Choice and Excess
Chapter 4: So Whatever Happened to Those Philosopher Queens? Plato and Feminism in Sex and the City
Chapter 5: Power and Aggression: Reflections on the Women of Battlestar Galactica
Chapter 6: Why Does Mad Men Make Us So Mad?
Chapter 7: The Girl Who Made Us Think About Anatomy
Chapter 8: Who’s Afraid of Naomi Wolf? Feminism in Post-Feminist Fashion
About the Contributors

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