Spectacular Girls: Media Fascination And Celebrity Culture by Sarah ProjanskySpectacular Girls: Media Fascination And Celebrity Culture by Sarah Projansky

Spectacular Girls: Media Fascination And Celebrity Culture

bySarah Projansky

Paperback | February 7, 2014

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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.
 
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.
Title:Spectacular Girls: Media Fascination And Celebrity CultureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:308 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:February 7, 2014Publisher:NYU PressLanguage:English

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“Making her case with conviction and rigor, Projansky persuasively argues that popular culture’s treatment of girls has vacillated between spectacularization and protectionism. Compelling and original, Spectacular Girls is excellent—a forceful and nuanced critique of the gender and age politics of our media culture.”-Diane Negra,co-editor of Gendering the Recession: Media and Culture in an Age of Austerity