The Gender and Media Reader is an essential text for those interested in gender and media studies, its main topics, debates, and theoretical approaches. The primary objective of this collection is to expand readers’ knowledge of how gender operates within media culture through engagement with foundational writings as well as more contemporary research in this field. Taking a multiperspectival approach that considers gender broadly and examines media texts alongside their production and consumption, The Gender and Media Reader enables readers’ critical thinking about how gender is constructed, contested, and subverted in different sites within media culture. Along with the main introduction, individual section introductions facilitate readers’ understanding of the development of gender and media studies by contextualizing the various topics, debates, and theoretical approaches that have shaped it, as well as by highlighting current trends.
Table of Contents
Introduction Mary Celeste Kearney I. Foundations: Studying Gender and Media Introduction to Part I Mary Celeste Kearney 1. Feminist Perspectives on the Media Liesbet van Zoonen 2. The Symbolic Annihilation of Women by the Mass Media Gaye Tuchman 3. Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema Laura Mulvey 4. Defining Women: The Case of Cagney and Lacey Julie D’Acci 5. Gender and the Culture of Empire: Toward a Feminist Ethnography of Cinema Ella Shohat 6. Beyond Racism and Misogyny: Black Feminism and 2 Live Crew Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw 7. Imitation and Gender Insubordination Judith Butler 8. Postfeminist Media Culture: Elements of a Sensibility Rosalind Gill II. Production: Employment, Creativity, Marketing, and Technology Introduction to Part II Mary Celeste Kearney 9. Women and Men in Film: Gender Inequality Among Writers in a Culture Industry Denise D. Bielby and William T. Bielby 10. Women’s Film Production: Going Mainstream Michelle Citron 11. Gendering the Commodity Audience: Critical Media Research, Feminism, and Political Economy Eileen Meehan 12. Hiding Homoeroticism in Plain View: The Fight Club DVD as Digital Closet Robert Allen Brookey and Robert Westerfelhaus 13. Fractured Fairy Tales and Fragmented Markets: Disney’s Weddings of a Lifetime and the Cultural Politics of Media Conglomeration Elana Levine 14. Gender and the Commodification of Community: Women.com and gURL.com Leslie Regan Shade 15. "I'll Resist With Every Inch and Every Breath": Girls and Zine Making as a Form of Resistance Kristen Schilt 16. Looking to Get Paid: How Some Black Youth Put Culture to Work Robin D. G. Kelley 17. Women and the Electric Guitar Mavis Bayton III. Texts: Bodies, Identities, and Representation Introduction to Part III Mary Celeste Kearney 18. Boys Will Be Boys: Men's Magazines and the Normalisation of Pornography Annabelle Mooney 19. Reckoning Loyalties: White Femininity as "Crisis" Aimee Carrillo Rowe and Samantha Lindsey 20. Brain, Brow, and Booty: Latina Iconicity in U.S. Popular Culture Isabel Molina Guzmán and Angharad N. Valdivia 21. Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott: Rapping on the Frontiers of Female Identity Eliza Sellen 22. Making Her (In)visible: Cultural Representations of Lesbianism and the Lesbian Body in the 1990s Ann M. Ciasullo 23. Joe Millionaire and Women’s Positions: A Question of Class Renee M. Sgroi 24. Boys Don’t Cry and Female Masculinity: Reclaiming a Life & Dismantling the Politics of Normative Heterosexuality Brenda Cooper 25. The Televised Sports Manhood Formula Michael A. Messner, Michele Dunbar, and Darnell Hunt 26. Looking for My Penis: The Eroticized Asian in Gay Video Porn Richard Fung 27. Queer Eye for the Straight Guise : Camp, Postfeminism, and the Fab Five's Makeovers of Masculinity Steven Cohan 28. "Slaves with White Collars": Persistent Performances of Masculinity in Crisis Karen Lee Ashcraft and Lisa A. Flores 29. A Body of Text: Revisiting Textual Performances of Gender and Sexuality on the Internet Niels van Doorn, Sally Wyatt, and Liesbet van Zoonen IV. Texts: Genre, Mode, and Other Narrative Strategies Introduction to Part IV Mary Celeste Kearney 30. Oedipus Interruptus Teresa de Lauretis 31. A "Girlboy’s" Own Story: Non-Masculine Narrativity in Ma Vie en Rose Michael R. Schiavi 32. Speculations on the Relationship between Soap Opera and Melodrama Christine Gledhill 33. Film Bodies: Gender, Genre, and Excess Linda Williams 34. "I Just Want to Be Me Again!": Beauty Pageants, Reality Television, and Post-feminism Sarah Banet-Weiser and Laura Portwood-Stacer 35. Fists of Fury: Discourses of Race and Masculinity in the Martial Arts Cinema Yvonne Tasker 36. Letting the Boys Be Boys: Talk Radio, Male Hysteria, and Political Discourse in the 1980s Susan J. Douglas 37. "Waddaya Lookin' At?" Re-reading the Gangster Genre through The Sopranos Martha P. Nochimson 38. "Never Trust a Snake": WWF Wrestling as Masculine Melodrama Henry Jenkins 39. Forging Masculinity: Heavy-Metal Sounds and Images of Gender Robert Walser 40. The Gendered Carnival of Pop Diane Railton V. Consumption: Spectators, Fans, Users, and Gamers Introduction to Part V Mary Celeste Kearney 41. Women’s Genres: Melodrama, Soap Opera, and Theory Annette Kuhn 42. The Oppositional Gaze: Black Female Spectators bell hooks 43. There’s Something Queer Here Alexander Doty 44. Behind Closed Doors: Video Recorders in the Home Ann Gray 45. Sizing Up Record Collections: Gender and Connoisseurship in Rock Music Culture Will Straw 46. Feminine Fascinations: Forms of Identification in Star-Audience Relations Jackie Stacey 47. The Fabulous Sublimity of Gay Diva Worship Brett Farmer 48. Private Uses of Cyberspace: Women, Desire, and Fan Culture Sharon Cumberland 49. Women and Games: Technologies of the Gendered Self Pam Royse, Joon Lee, Baasanjav Undrahbuyan, Mark Hopson, and Mia Consalvo 50. Real Boys Carry Girly Epics: Normalising Gender Bending in Online Games Esther MacCallum-Stewart
Mary Celeste Kearney is Associate Professor of Radio-Television-Film and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She is author of Girls Make Media (Routledge, 2006) and editor of Mediated Girlhoods: New Explorations of Girls’ Media Culture (Peter Lang, 2011). Her current works in progress include Power Chords and Groupie Chicks: Gender in Rock Culture, forthcoming from Oxford University Press.