Gender and Pop Culture

A Text-Reader (Second Edition)

Gender and Pop Culture provides a foundation for the study of gender, pop culture, and media. This newly updated edition is comprehensive and interdisciplinary, providing both text-book style introductory and concluding chapters written by the editor. The text includes eight original contributor chapters on key topics and written in a variety of writing styles, discussion questions, additional resources, and more. Coverage includes:

– Foundations for studying gender and pop culture (history, theory, methods, key concepts).
– Contributor chapters on social media, technology, advertising, music, television, film, and sports.
– Ideas for activism and putting this book to use beyond the classroom.
– Pedagogical features.
– Suggestions for further readings on topics covered and international studies of gender and pop culture.

Gender and Pop Culture was designed with students in mind, to promote reflection and lively discussion. With features found in both textbooks and anthologies, this sleek book can serve as a primary or supplemental reading in courses across disciplines.

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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).
"The timely, well-written pieces in Gender & Pop Culture manage to convey some of the intellectual excitement – and dare I say it, fun – that the best in media studies and feminism can stimulate. Students and scholars alike will appreciate how the wide-ranging chapters in this volume provide greater depth and context to some of the great debates of our time about the ‘effects of media’ that take place every day in university classrooms and around kitchen tables. This should be required reading for anyone who’s ever watched TV, gone to a movie or put on a pair of headphones!" - Jackson Katz, Ph.D., creator of Tough Guise 2: Violence, Manhood and American Culture and author of The Macho Paradox
"An important addition to the fields of gender and media studies, this excellent compilation will be useful to students and teachers in a wide range of disciplines. The research is solid, the examples from popular culture are current and interesting, and the conclusions are original and illuminating. It is certain to stimulate self-reflection and lively discussion." - Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D., author, feminist activist and creator of the Killing Us Softly: Advertising’s Image of Women film series
"An ideal teaching tool: the introduction is intellectually robust and orients the reader towards a productive engagement with the chapters; the contributions themselves are diverse and broad in terms of the subject matter covered; and the conclusion helps students take what they have learnt beyond the classroom. I can’t wait to make use of it." - Sut Jhally, Professor of Communication, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Founder & Executive Director, Media Education Foundation
" Gender & Pop Culture takes no prisoners in describing the influences of patriarchy on a wide range of media. With up-to-date examples, strongly worded arguments, and ideas for resistance, these chapters are sure classroom conversation starters." - Lisa Wade, Founder of Sociological Images and Professor, Occidental College

Adrienne Trier-Bieniek

1. Streaming Transgender: Visualizing Continuity and Change in Transgender Media Representations
alithia zamantakis and J. E. Sumerau
2. Sexism, Sex, Media and Kids
Scott Richardson
3. Gender and Advertising
Patricia Arend
4. Lady Gaga, Lemonade, and Hamilton: The Impact of Music on Gender and Social Activism
Adrienne Trier-Bieniek and Amanda Pullum
5. “As Seen on TV”: Gender, Television, and Popular Culture
Jenn Brandt
6. Popular Movies That Teach: How Movies Teach about Schools & Genders
Kevin J. Burke and Adam J. Greteman
7. Gender, Sport, and Popular Culture
Emily A. Roper and Katherine M. Polasek
8. Gender and Technology: Women’s Usage, Creation and Perspectives
Cindy Royal
9. Going beyond the Classroom: What Now?
Adrienne Trier-Bieniek

Further Reading
Notes on Contributors
Anyone interested in media studies, gender studies, and pop culture studies.