Postfeminist News: Political Women in Media Culture / Edition 1

Postfeminist News: Political Women in Media Culture / Edition 1

by Mary Douglas Vavrus
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791454460

ISBN-13: 9780791454466

Pub. Date: 01/28/2002

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Examines the representation of women in the media.

In the media-saturated decade of the 1990s, news reports shaped public sentiment about women in electoral politics and beyond. Mary Douglas Vavrus explores the process of representing political women in media, and argues that contemporary news accounts promote a postfeminist politics that encourages

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Overview

Examines the representation of women in the media.

In the media-saturated decade of the 1990s, news reports shaped public sentiment about women in electoral politics and beyond. Mary Douglas Vavrus explores the process of representing political women in media, and argues that contemporary news accounts promote a postfeminist politics that encourages women’s private, consumer lifestyles and middle-class aspirations, while it discourages public life and political activism. The author discusses the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas hearings of 1991, the 1991–92 “Year of the Woman” in politics, the 1996 presidential campaign’s use of “soccer moms,” and Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign for Senate in 2000. Vavrus assesses the logic that emerges in these narratives’ recurrent themes about gender and explores their significance for women and for feminism, ultimately arguing that feminism has been supplanted by postfeminism in news accounts of political women.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791454466
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Series:
SUNY series in Communication Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
235
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Theorizing Media Representation of Electoral Feminism

2. Anita Hill, Clarence Thomas, and the Crisis of White Patriarchal Authority

3. Postfeminist Identities, Neoliberal Ideology, and Women of the Year

4. From Women of the Year to "Soccer Moms": The Case of the Incredible Shrinking Women

5. "Pray Tell,Who Is the 'She' "? Campaign 2000, or the Year of One Woman

Afterword: Putting Ally on Trial: Contesting Postfeminism in Media Culture

Notes

References

Index

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