Television and Sexuality / Edition 1

Television and Sexuality / Edition 1

by Jane Arthurs
     
 

ISBN-10: 0335209750

ISBN-13: 9780335209750

Pub. Date: 11/16/2004

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The

Television and Sexuality explores a range of approaches to the analysis of television as an institutionalized cultural form that shapes the discursive construction of sex and gender. It locates competing discourses about sex and gender in relation to developments in academic theory and transformations in the social, political, economic, and cultural contexts. The

Overview

Television and Sexuality explores a range of approaches to the analysis of television as an institutionalized cultural form that shapes the discursive construction of sex and gender. It locates competing discourses about sex and gender in relation to developments in academic theory and transformations in the social, political, economic, and cultural contexts. The book also examines the politics of representation in relation to sex and gender.



Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780335209750
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date:
11/16/2004
Pages:
210
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Forewordx
Acknowledgementsxii
1Introduction1
Cultural transformations1
The digital revolution3
Pleasure and risk: researching television and sexuality5
Genre, taste and discursive regulation8
Effects studies9
Public sphere debates11
Feminist cultural theory13
From 'progressive texts' to 'postmodern ambivalence'14
Differentiated identities and hierarchies of taste16
Biological essentialism and performative genders17
Summary18
2Sexual Citizenship in the Digital Age20
Television regulation in the UK and USA21
The sexual citizen26
The sexual consumer30
Market regulation33
Recommended reading37
3Pornography and the Regulation of Taste38
Postmodern pornography41
'Middle-brow' pornography44
Women and the gendering of pornography48
Conclusion53
Recommended reading54
4Sex Scandals55
Sex scandals as media events56
The gendering of publicity59
Affairs of the state on confessional television63
Sensationalism, shame and the cult of celebrity67
Melodrama and the carnivalesque69
Conclusion72
Recommended reading73
5The Science of Sex74
The technoscientific gaze: a critique75
Discovery Channel78
Beauty and the beast81
The intelligible body: machines and cartographies84
Constructions of sexual difference88
Conclusion91
Recommended reading92
6Documenting the Sex Industry93
From prostitution to sex work: a history of feminist intervention96
Current affairs documentary and political debate101
'Auteur' documentary and the ethics of production106
Conclusion109
Note109
Recommended reading110
7Gay, Lesbian and Queer Sexualities in UK Drama111
Coming out of the closet112
Distinctions in taste and the politics of aesthetic form114
Popular drama: sexuality as a social issue117
Quality drama: the politics of difference118
Politically incorrect: queer lifestyle drama123
Conclusion126
Recommended reading127
8Postfeminist Drama in the USA128
'Having it all' in postfeminist drama130
Remediating women's magazines134
Bourgeois bohemians136
The aestheticized self and sexual relations139
Conclusion143
Notes144
Recommended reading144
9Conclusion145
Generic inertia and innovation145
Looking towards the future147
Glossary150
Appendix155
Bibliography161
Index172

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