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Feminism, Media, and the Law - Martha A. Fineman

Feminism, Media, and the Law

By: Martha A. Fineman (Editor), Martha T. McCluskey (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st September 1997
ISBN: 9780195096293
Number Of Pages: 332

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The growing presence of women in the legal profession and the prominence of law as a site of feminist social change make the complex interrelationship between the media, feminism, and the law a critical concern across disciplines. Drawing on legal theory, cultural studies, journalism, political science, sociology, and communications, this book presents a collection of essays that explore how the media represents and constructs gender, law, and feminism. Arranged thematically, these twenty-three articles are the work of distinguished academics and activists.
The collection begins with a section on "Portrayals of Feminism in the Media," which provides historical background on the media's treatment of feminist issues. The anthology proceeds with sections entitled "Feminism, Law, and Popular Culture"; "Essentializing Gender"; and "Media Images of Violence." Giving fresh and provocative treatments to such complex and topical subjects as hate radio, Anita Hill, popular women's magazines, and the portrayal of women in film and television, Feminism, Media, and the Law is required reading for anyone interested in feminism and its relationship to the media.

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"This is, indeed a rich work authored by experts in the field and undoubtedly will be eagerly embraced by all who have an academic concern with gender studies."--Women Lawyers Journal "This is, indeed a rich work authored by experts in the field and undoubtedly will be eagerly embraced by all who have an academic concern with gender studies."--Women Lawyers Journal

PART I: Portrayals of Feminism in the Media 1: Donna E. Young: Introduction 2: Deborah L. Rhode: Media Images/Feminist Issues 3: Patricia J. Williams: Hate Radio: Why we Need to Tune in to Limbaugh and Stern 4: Laurel Leff: The Matking of a "Quota Queen": News Media and the Bias of Objectivity 5: Mary Coombs: The Real Real Anita Hill, or the Making of a Backlash Bestseller 6: Martha T. McCluskey: Fear of Feminism: Media Stories of Feminist Victims and Victims of Feminism on College Campuses 7: Julia E. Hanigsberg: Glamour Law: Feminism through the Looking Glass of Popular Women's Magazines PART II: Feminism, Law, and Popular Culture 8: Susan Bisom-Rapp: Introduction 9: Elayne Rapping: The Movie of the Week: Law, Narrativity, and Gender on Prime Time 10: Dianne L. Brooks: Rape on Soaps: The Legal Angle 11: Isabel Karpin: Pop Justice: TV, Motherhood, and the Law 12: Margaret M. Russell: Law and Racial Reelism: Black Women as Celluloid "Legal" Heroines 13: Cynthia Lucia: Women on Trial: The Female Lawyer in the Hollywood Courtroom PART III: Essentializing Gender 14: Joyce Davis: Introduction 15: Tracy E. Higgins and Deborah L. Tolman: Law, Cultural Media[tion], and Desire in the Lives of Adolescent Girls 16: E. Ann Kaplan: The Politics of Surrogacy Narratives 17: Marie Ashe: "Bad Mothers" and Welfare Reform in Massachusetts: The Case of Claribel Ventura 18: Kristin Bumiller: Spectacles of the Strange: Envisioning Violence in the Central Park Jogger Trial PART IV: Media Images of Violence 19: Lynn S. Chancer: Introduction: The Seens and Unseens of Popular Cultural Representation 20: Kathleen Daly and Amy L. Chasteen: Crime News, Crime Fear, and Women's Everyday Lives 21: Ann Russo: Lesbians, Prostitutes, and Murder: Media Constructs Violence Constructs Power 22: Helen Benedict: Blindfolded: Rape and the Press's Fear of Feminism 23: Lisa C. Ikemoto: Race under Construction: The Master Narrative of White Supremacy in the Media Representation of African American/Korean American Conflict

ISBN: 9780195096293
ISBN-10: 0195096290
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 332
Published: 1st September 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 26.82 x 17.91  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.6