Spectacular girls [electronic resource] : media fascination and celebrity culture / Sarah Projansky.

by Projansky, Sarah, 1965-Looking glass; EBSCO Publishing (Firm) [supplier.]Looking glass.

Publisher: New York : New York University Press, 2014.Description: 1 online resource.ISBN: 0814764797; 9780814764794.Subject(s): Celebrities in mass mediaLooking glass | Mass media and girlsLooking glass | Women in mass mediaLooking glass | Electronic booksLooking glass
Contents:
Introduction: finding alternative girlhoods -- Pint-sized and precocious: the girl star in film history -- "It's like floating" or battling the world: mass magazine cover girls -- What is there to talk about? twenty-first-century girl films -- "I'm not changing my hair": Venus Williams and live tv's racialized struggle over athletic girlhood -- Sakia Gunn is a girl: queer African American girlhood in local and alternative media -- "Sometimes I say cuss words in my head": the complexity of third-grade media analysis -- Conclusion: girlhood rethought.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index. Access restrictions: Due to publisher license, access is restricted to authorised GRAIL clients only. Please contact GRAIL staff.Summary: As an omnipresent figure of the media landscape, girls are spectacles. They are ubiquitous visual objects on display at which we are incessantly invited to look. Investigating our cultural obsession with both everyday and high-profile celebrity girls, Sarah Projanskyuses a queer, anti-racist feminist approach to explore the diversity of girlhoods in contemporary popular culture.The book addresses two key themes: simultaneous adoration and disdain for girls and the pervasiveness of whiteness and heteronormativity. While acknowledging this context, Projansky pushes past the dichotomy of the "can.Alternative form: Print version: 0814724817; Print version: 0814770215; Print version: 9780814724811; Print version: 9780814770214Online access: Read this e-book from EBSCO
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Winner of the 2015 Bonnie Ritter Book Award from the National Communication Association

As an omnipresent figure of the media landscape, girls are spectacles. They are ubiquitous visual objects on display at which we are incessantly invited to look. Investigating our cultural obsession with both everyday and high-profile celebrity girls, Sarah Projanskyuses a queer, anti-racist feminist approach to explore the diversity of girlhoods in contemporary popular culture.The book addresses two key themes: simultaneous adoration and disdain for girls and the pervasiveness of whiteness and heteronormativity. While acknowledging this context, Projansky pushes past the dichotomy of the "can-do" girl who has the world at her feet and the troubled girl who needs protection and regulation to focus on the variety of alternative figures who appear in media culture, including queer girls, girls of color, feminist girls, active girls, and sexual girls, all of whom are present if we choose to look for them.

Drawing on examples across film, television, mass-market magazines and newspapers, live sports TV, and the Internet, Projansky combines empirical analysis with careful, creative, feminist analysis intent on centering alternative girls. She undermines the pervasive "moral panic" argument that blames media itself for putting girls at risk by engaging multiple methodologies, including, for example, an ethnographic study of young girls who themselves critique media. Arguing that feminist media studies needs to understand the spectacularization of girlhood more fully, she places active, alternative girlhoods right in the heart of popular media culture.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Introduction: finding alternative girlhoods -- Pint-sized and precocious: the girl star in film history -- "It's like floating" or battling the world: mass magazine cover girls -- What is there to talk about? twenty-first-century girl films -- "I'm not changing my hair": Venus Williams and live tv's racialized struggle over athletic girlhood -- Sakia Gunn is a girl: queer African American girlhood in local and alternative media -- "Sometimes I say cuss words in my head": the complexity of third-grade media analysis -- Conclusion: girlhood rethought.

Due to publisher license, access is restricted to authorised GRAIL clients only. Please contact GRAIL staff.

As an omnipresent figure of the media landscape, girls are spectacles. They are ubiquitous visual objects on display at which we are incessantly invited to look. Investigating our cultural obsession with both everyday and high-profile celebrity girls, Sarah Projanskyuses a queer, anti-racist feminist approach to explore the diversity of girlhoods in contemporary popular culture.The book addresses two key themes: simultaneous adoration and disdain for girls and the pervasiveness of whiteness and heteronormativity. While acknowledging this context, Projansky pushes past the dichotomy of the "can.

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Sarah Projansky is Professor of Film and Media Arts and of Gender Studies at the University of Utah. She is author of Watching Rape: Film and Television in Postfeminist Culture (also available from New York University Press) and co-editor of Enterprise Zones: Critical Positions on Star Trek.

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