Feminism, Media, and the Law

Paperback | May 1, 1997

EditorMartha A. Fineman, Martha T. McCluskey

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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 ofViolence". 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 tothe media.

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This book presents a collection of essays that explore how the media represents and constructs gender, law, and feminism.

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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, th...

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This book presents a collection of essays that explore how the media represents and constructs gender, law, and feminism.

Martha A. Fineman is at Columbia University. Martha T. McCluskey is at Columbia University.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.8 × 7.01 × 0.91 inPublished:May 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195096290

ISBN - 13:9780195096293

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Table of Contents

PART I: Portrayals of Feminism in the Media1. Donna E. Young: Introduction2. Deborah L. Rhode: Media Images/Feminist Issues3. Patricia J. Williams: Hate Radio: Why we Need to Tune in to Limbaugh and Stern4. Laurel Leff: The Matking of a "Quota Queen": News Media and the Bias of Objectivity5. Mary Coombs: The Real Real Anita Hill, or the Making of a Backlash Bestseller6. Martha T. McCluskey: Fear of Feminism: Media Stories of Feminist Victims and Victims of Feminism on College Campuses7. Julia E. Hanigsberg: Glamour Law: Feminism through the Looking Glass of Popular Women's MagazinesPART II: Feminism, Law, and Popular Culture8. Susan Bisom-Rapp: Introduction9. Elayne Rapping: The Movie of the Week: Law, Narrativity, and Gender on Prime Time10. Dianne L. Brooks: Rape on Soaps: The Legal Angle11. Isabel Karpin: Pop Justice: TV, Motherhood, and the Law12. Margaret M. Russell: Law and Racial Reelism: Black Women as Celluloid "Legal" Heroines13. Cynthia Lucia: Women on Trial: The Female Lawyer in the Hollywood CourtroomPART III: Essentializing Gender14. Joyce Davis: Introduction15. Tracy E. Higgins and Deborah L. Tolman: Law, Cultural Media[tion], and Desire in the Lives of Adolescent Girls16. E. Ann Kaplan: The Politics of Surrogacy Narratives17. Marie Ashe: "Bad Mothers" and Welfare Reform in Massachusetts: The Case of Claribel Ventura18. Kristin Bumiller: Spectacles of the Strange: Envisioning Violence in the Central Park Jogger TrialPART IV: Media Images of Violence19. Lynn S. Chancer: Introduction: The Seens and Unseens of Popular Cultural Representation20. Kathleen Daly and Amy L. Chasteen: Crime News, Crime Fear, and Women's Everyday Lives21. Ann Russo: Lesbians, Prostitutes, and Murder: Media Constructs Violence Constructs Power22. Helen Benedict: Blindfolded: Rape and the Press's Fear of Feminism23. Lisa C. Ikemoto: Race under Construction: The Master Narrative of White Supremacy in the Media Representation of African American/Korean American Conflict

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This book presents a collection of essays that explore how the media represents and constructs gender, law, and feminism.

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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