The Girl on the Magazine Cover: The Origins of Visual Stereotypes in American Mass Media

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Kitch examines the emergence of stereotypical images of women in magazines in the early twentieth century and traces the trajectory of such images to current issues in media and gender.
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Overview

Kitch examines the emergence of stereotypical images of women in magazines in the early twentieth century and traces the trajectory of such images to current issues in media and gender.
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[An] engaging, insightful study."" (Library Journal)

For the study of popular culture and its symbiotic relation to feminist history, this book is a major asset. (Martha Banta, University of California, Los Angeles)

Carolyn Kitch's book represents a valuable new way of looking at and understanding the significance of images of women in mass circulation magazines. (Maurine Beasley, University of Maryland at College Park)

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  • ISBN-13: 9780807849781
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 10/29/2001
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.67 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2005

    Women in the Media: A Brief Account

    America is more than familiar with the stereotypical blonde bombshells that grace the covers of magazines, television programs, movies, and advertisements. In Carolyn Kitch's book she is able to outline the origins of how stereotypical images came about. Her extensive background in the media along with the use of actual magazine illustrations allows her to present her arguments in a way that anyone with an interest in women's history in the media can understand. Kitch's book maintains the reader's interest by citing specific examples, providing information about the time period, and providing illustrations. Keeping a loosely chronological form allows the book to flow, but the ideas of the time period are more important to Kitch than keeping a pattern. She breaks at appropriate points to discuss alternate visions that challenged and reinforced stereotypes in the media. While Kitch's book is effective, it is not extensive. Its sheer size just doesn't allow Kitch to get as in depth as she could. She promises so much in the introduction, but isn't able to deliver all that she promises. The books briefness keeps it from being extensive, but it is still able to provide me with a more organized knowledge of how stereotypes of women in the media such as the ever-popular blonde bombshell came about.

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