The New Gay for Pay: The Sexual Politics of American Television Production

The New Gay for Pay: The Sexual Politics of American Television Production

by Julia Himberg

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477313602
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 01/13/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 202
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Julia Himberg is an assistant professor of film and media studies at Arizona State University.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: The New Gay for Pay
  • Chapter 1. Visibility: Lesbian Programming and the Changing Landscape of Cable Television
  • Chapter 2. Advocacy: Hitching Activism to Modern Family’s Gay Wedding
  • Chapter 3. Diversity: Under-the-Radar Activism and the Crafting of Sexual Identities
  • Chapter 4. Equality: Proposition 8 and the Politics of Marriage on Television
  • Conclusion: The Personal Is Still Political (and Profitable)
  • Notes
  • References
  • Index

What People are Saying About This

Lynne Joyrich

"Himberg cogently emphasizes that we should see all of television and our culture’s media industries not as unified and monolithic but as arenas of struggle and negotiation. Her book thus importantly complicates discussions of the media regarding such issues as production cultures, questions of ‘diversity’ and ‘representation,’ and critiques of neoliberalism. By engaging with these issues and showing their complexity, Himberg reveals possibilities for action and agency—possibilities that are crucial for any kind of effective media politics."

Amy Villarejo

"This is a terrific book that makes a major contribution in proposing ‘studying up’ interview-based methods for understanding media industries. It changes the game about the politics of representation of LGBT communities. Bravo!"

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