Feminist Theory and Pop Culture

Second Edition


Feminist Theory and Pop Culture (Second Edition) synthesizes feminist theory with modern portrayals of gender in media culture. This updated text provides comprehensive and interdisciplinary scholarship focused on topics related to:

– Historical examination of feminist theory.
– Application of feminist research methods.
– Feminist theoretical perspectives such as the male gaze, feminist standpoint theory, Black feminist thought, queer theory, masculinity theory, theories of feminist activism, and postfeminism.
– Contributor chapters cover a range of topics from Western perspectives on belly dance to television shows such as Girls, Scandal, and Orange is the New Black.
– Feminist theory and the wave of feminism, including a discussion of the fourth wave.
– Pedagogical features.
– Suggestions for further reading and discussion questions for classroom use.

Feminist Theory and Pop Culture was designed for classroom use and has been written with an eye toward engaging students in discussion. The book’s polished perspective on feminist theory juxtaposes popular culture with theoretical perspectives which have served as a foundation for the study of gender. This interdisciplinary text can serve as a primary or supplemental reading.

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Adrienne Trier-Bieniek, Ph.D., is Professor of Sociology at Valencia College. She is the author and editor of several books on popular culture, including The Beyoncé Effect (McFarland, 2016), and Sing Us a Song, Piano Woman: Female Fans and the Music of Tori Amos (Scarecrow, 2013).
"This excellent anthology groups feminism as articulated through four waves and features feminists responding to pop culture, while recognizing that popular culture has responded in complicated ways to feminisms. Contributors proffer lucid and engaging critiques of topics ranging from belly dancing to Fifty Shades of Grey, Scandal, and Orange is the New Black. This book is a good read as well as an excellent text to enliven and inform in the classroom." – Jane Caputi, Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Communication & Multimedia, Florida Atlantic University
"Feminist Theory and Pop Culture is destined to be as popular as the culture it critiques! The text plays up the paradoxes of contemporary feminism and requires its readers to ask difficult questions about why the popular brings us pleasure. It is a diverse analysis of women's representations across an impressive swath of popular culture. Feminist Theory and Pop Culture is the kind of text that makes me want to redesign my pop culture course." – Ebony A. Utley, author of Rap and Religion
Adrienne Trier-Bieniek

1. Unveiling the Gaze: Belly Dance as a Site of Refuge, Re-Envisioning and Resistance
Angela M. Moe
2. Lena Dunham, GIRLS, and the Contradictions of Fourth Wave Feminism
April Kalogeropoulos Householder
3. Olivia Pope as Problematic and Paradoxical: A Black Feminist Critique of Scandal’s “Mammification”
Rachel Alicia Griffin
4. The “Un-Quiet Queen”: An Analysis of Rapper Nicki Minaj in the Fame Comic Book
Melvin L. Williams and Tia C.M. Tyree
5. Queerness (Un)shackled: Theorizing Orange Is the New Black
Lauren J. Decarvalho and Nicole B. Cox
6. Warning! Social Construction Zone: Exploring Masculinities, Femininities, and Gender Roles in Cop Shows
Carrie L. Buist and Jean-Anne Sutherland
7. Girl Rising and the Problematic Other: Celebritizing Third World Girlhoods
Emily Bent
8. Paradoxes of Postfeminism: Coercion and Consent in Fifty Shades of Grey
Patricia R. Boyd
9. From Street to Tweet: Popular Culture and Feminist Activism
Jenn Brandt and Sam Kizer

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Notes on Contributors
Anyone interested in media studies, gender studies, feminist theory.
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