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Challenging Images of Women in the Media : Reinventing Women's Lives

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Challenging Images of Women and the Media: Reinventing Women's Lives, edited by Theresa Carilli and Jane Campbell, collects fifteen articles addressing the status of women through an examination of depictions of women in the media. With a global focus, this collection scrutinizes issues of race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality through a study of gendered media portrayals. By challenging the status quo of media images, the contributors to this essential volume invite a dialogue about women's lives.show more

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  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 152.4 x 218.44 x 20.32mm | 362.87g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1 tables
  • 0739188690
  • 9780739188699
  • 1,715,448

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Media representations of women proliferate around the world in an ever more confusing jumble of images ranging from sexualized commodities-both feared and revered-to legitimate political candidates, including antiquated villains that rewrite women's history. In this volume of carefully selected essays by global scholars, Carilli and Campbell unmask the assertions and demands that such disjointed depictions make on the lives and well-being of real women. But this essential book also illustrates the ways in which women continue to reclaim their own voices, images, desires and power, and in doing so reaffirm our collective humanity. -- Robin Andersen, Fordham University In their edited volume Women in the Media (2005), Carilli and Campbell (respectively, communication and English, Purdue Univ., Calumet) argued that global images of women in the media are problematical. The 15 essays in the present work reexamine the status of women in/on the media, also concluding that although images of women have changed as the second decade of the new millennium continues, presentations of women are more ambiguous than ever. Global media abound with images of woman as powerless and with harmful stereotypes about women's bodies and behavior. North Americans already know this is the case in their own media, but they have little exposure to depictions of women in media beyond North America. These essays provide valuable insight into ways in which foreign media sources have shifted from matronly to sexy depictions. This comes in tandem with the decline of state-sponsored maternity leave, child care, and abortion services. Also examined is global news media's difficulty in covering stories involving world figures like Angela Merkel and Hillary Clinton. The study ends with fresh, "reflective" essays on positive images in North American media of full-figured black women and lesbian comics, suggesting that these women become "guides for a new feminist frontier." Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty. CHOICE In whole, Carilli's and Campbell's edited volume is undoubtedly a thought-provoking selection of essays. It provides stable theoretical frameworks and methodological platforms from where to examine a wide range of representations, pointing persistently at the need to debunk harmful and unrighteous perceptions about women. Above all and more than an important contribution to scholarship, Challenging Images of Women in the Media, offers a fertile ground for diverse discussions on how women's lives may get better perceived and re-invented. Women's Studies International Forumshow more

About Theresa Carilli

Theresa Carilli is professor of communication at Purdue University Calumet. Jane Campbell is professor of English at Purdue University Calumet.show more

Table of contents

Introduction Part 1. Reinscribing Women's Roles Chapter 1. Feeling Good Never Looked Better: Examining Representations of Women in Special K Advertisements By Vanessa Reimer and Rukhsana Ahmed Chapter 2. Tales from the Oh-Oku: The Shogun's Inner Palace and The Outer (Mediated) World By Kimiko Akita Chapter 3. Pakistani Media and Disempowerment of Women By Saman Talib and Zara Idrees Chapter 4. Women in Film ... Treading Water but fit for the Marathon By Lisa French Part 2. Political Issues Chapter 5. Mass Media Explain the Global Sex Trade By Anne Johnston, Barbara Friedman, and Autumn Shafer Chapter 6. Gendered Construction of Illness: A Post-Structuralist Critique of Gardasil By Nicole Defenbaugh and Kimberly Kline Chapter 7. Who's Afraid of the Pink Chaddi?: New Media, Hindutva, and Feminist Agency in India By Saayan Chattopadhyay Part 3. Westernizing Women Chapter 8. Representation of the Modern Chinese Woman in a Discourse of Consumerism By Wei Luo Chapter 9. From "Babushki" to "Sexy Babes": The Sexing-up of Women in Bulgarian Advertising By Elza Ibroscheva Part 4. Political Individuals Chapter 10. Dorothy Jurney, Fran Harris, and Professional Journalist Networks By Steven Carl Smith Chapter 11. The Media Manipulation of Angela Merkel By Lynn Kutch Chapter 12. All Hail the Queen: The Metamorphosis or Selling out of Queen Latifah By Elizabeth Johnson Chapter 13. 18,000,000 Cracks or How Hillary Almost Became President By Lori Montalbano Part 5. Reflective Essays Chapter 14. Big, Black, Boisterous Badasses: Why Queen-Sized African American Women are Never Really Royalty By Deatra Sullivan-Morgan Chapter 15. Lesbian Comics: Negotiating Queer Visibility By Theresa Carillishow more

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