Interrogating Postfeminism
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Interrogating Postfeminism

Gender and the Politics of Popular Culture

Diane Negra,Yvonne Tasker, Lynn Spigel

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Interrogating Postfeminism

Gender and the Politics of Popular Culture

Diane Negra,Yvonne Tasker, Lynn Spigel

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This timely collection brings feminist critique to bear on contemporary postfeminist mass media culture, analyzing phenomena ranging from action films featuring violent heroines to the "girling" of aging women in productions such as the movie Something's Gotta Give and the British television series 10 Years Younger. Broadly defined, "postfeminism" encompasses a set of assumptions that feminism has accomplished its goals and is now a thing of the past. It presumes that women are unsatisfied with their (taken for granted) legal and social equality and can find fulfillment only through practices of transformation and empowerment. Postfeminism is defined by class, age, and racial exclusions; it is youth-obsessed and white and middle-class by default. Anchored in consumption as a strategy and leisure as a site for the production of the self, postfeminist mass media assumes that the pleasures and lifestyles with which it is associated are somehow universally shared and, perhaps more significantly, universally accessible.

Essays by feminist film, media, and literature scholars based in the United States and United Kingdom provide an array of perspectives on the social and political implications of postfeminism. Examining magazines, mainstream and independent cinema, popular music, and broadcast genres from primetime drama to reality television, contributors consider how postfeminism informs self-fashioning through makeovers and cosmetic surgery, the "metrosexual" male, the "black chick flick, " and more. Interrogating Postfeminism demonstrates not only the viability of, but also the necessity for, a powerful feminist critique of contemporary popular culture.

Contributors. Sarah Banet-Weiser, Steven Cohan, Lisa Coulthard, Anna Feigenbaum, Suzanne Leonard, Angela McRobbie, Diane Negra, Sarah Projansky, Martin Roberts, Hannah E. Sanders, Kimberly Springer, Yvonne Tasker, Sadie Wearing

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Year
2007
ISBN
9780822390411

Table of contents

  1. Contents
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. Introduction: Feminist Politics and Postfeminist Culture
  4. 1. Postfeminism and Popular Culture: Bridget Jones and the New Gender Regime
  5. 2. Mass Magazine Cover Girls: Some Reflections on Postfeminist Girls and Postfeminism’s Daughters
  6. 3. Living a Charmed Life: The Magic of Postfeminist Sisterhood
  7. 4. “I Hate My Job, I Hate Everybody Here”:Adultery, Boredom, and the “Working Girl” in Twenty-First-Century American Cinema
  8. 5. Remapping the Resonances of Riot Grrrl: Feminisms, Postfeminisms, and “Processes” of Punk
  9. 6. Killing Bill: Rethinking Feminism and Film Violence
  10. 7. Queer Eye for the Straight Guise: Camp, Postfeminism, and the Fab Five’s Makeovers of Masculinity
  11. 8. What’s Your Flava? Race and Postfeminism in Media Culture
  12. 9. The Fashion Police: Governing the Self in What Not to Wear
  13. 10. Divas, Evil Black Bitches, and Bitter Black Women:African American Women in Postfeminist and Post-Civil-Rights Popular Culture
  14. 11. Subjects of Rejuvenation: Aging in Postfeminist Culture
  15. Bibliography
  16. Contributors
  17. Index