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Media Depictions of Brides, Wives, and Mothers, edited by Alena Amato Ruggerio, explores how television, film, the internet, and other media variously perpetuate gender stereotypes. The contributors to this volume bring a variety of feminist rhetorical and media criticism approaches from across the communication discipline to their analyses of how media shape our expectations of the performance of women's domestic roles.show more

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  • Paperback | 258 pages
  • 149.86 x 223.52 x 20.32mm | 399.99g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 073919304X
  • 9780739193044

About Alena Amato Ruggerio

Alena Amato Ruggerio is associate professor of communication at Southern Oregon University.show more

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Alena Amato Ruggerio's anthology offers a stimulating collection of chapters by scholars who discuss the impact of myths and stereotypes in media portrayals of brides, wives, and mothers. What's most intriguing and hopeful is its media literacy approach, which neither wholly blames nor wholly forgives but rather advocates the empowerment of media consumers through critical thinking and social activism that can replace inappropriate and damaging images and perceptions with 'equality and justice.' This collection's excellent chapters provide road maps for this worthy outcome. -- Mary-Lou Galician, Arizona State University Although the editor's aim is to offer current research on how media perpetuate gender stereotypes, one might wonder-given today's plethora of depictions of women throughout television, cable, film-if this is a cutting-edge endeavor. But the scholarship is impressive, and the 17 chapters do sweep anew over Kate Gosselin, Desperate Housewives, Sarah Palin's grizzly bear mamas, Mad Men women, et al. In the mix, a few less-explored issues appear, for example, depictions of women in the military and Deepa Mehta's important film Water (2005), to which Lauren DeCarvalho applies Martha Nussbaum's capabilites approach. The book will introduce less experienced readers to a broad scope of women scholars and impressive analyses and documentation. Summing Up: Recommended. CHOICEshow more

Table of contents

Part 1. Television Chapter 1. Domesticating Matrimonial Monstrosity: Bridezillas and Narratives of Feminine Containment by Alyssa Ann Samek Chapter 2. The Reality of Televised Motherhood: The Personal Quest and Feminine Test of Kate Gosselin by Mary Frances Casper and Deneen Gilmour Chapter 3. Marriage, Friendship, and Scandal: Constructing a Typology of Media Representation of Women in Desperate Housewives by Paula Hopeck and Rebecca K. Ivic Chapter 4. Ancient Archetypes in Modern Media by Deborah A. Macey Chapter 5. Christian Patriarchy Lite: TLC's 19 Kids and Counting by Christy Ellen Mesaros-Winckles Part 2. Film Chapter 6. Punishing Unfaithful Wives and Working Mothers: Messages of Postfeminism in Contemporary Film by Erika M. Thomas Chapter 7. Love and Lack: Media, Witches, and Normative Gender Roles by Victoria L. Godwin Chapter 8. Head Above Water: Applying Nussbaum's "Capabilities Approach" to Deepa Mehta's 2005 Film by Lauren J. DeCarvalho Part 3. News Coverage Chapter 9. Feminine Style and Militant Motherhood in Antiwar Discourse: Cindy Sheehan as Grieving Mother and/or Left-Leaning Radical by Heidi E. Hamilton Chapter 10. Grisly Mama: Carnivorous Media Coverage of Sarah Palin by Alena Amato Ruggerio Chapter 11. "Stand by Your Man" Revisited: Political Waves and Scandal by Hinda Mandell Chapter 12. "Taking Care of the Children and the Country": Nancy Pelosi and the Trope of Motherhood in Partisan and Mainstream Media by Sheryl L. Cunningham Chapter 13. Local Media Madness: How One City's Media Helped Perpetuate the Myth of the "Perfect" Coach's Wife by Diana L. Tucker Chapter 14. Who's Framing Whom? Michele Bachmann and the (Primary) Politics of Motherhood by Ann E. Burnette Part 4. Internet Chapter 15. Momtinis, Not Martyrs: Blogs that Recast Motherhood and Muted Groups by Rita L. Rahoi-Gilchrest Chapter 16. Love Thy Mother? Discrepant Constructions of Motherhood in the "Outsmart Mother Nature with Tampax" Campaign by Dacia Charlesworth Chapter 17. Taking the Audience Perspective: Online Fan Commentary about the Brides of Mad Men and their Weddings by Lynne M. Webb, Marceline Thompson Hayes, Hao-Chieh Chang, and Marcia M. Smithshow more

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