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Representing Women in Popular Culture
Representing women in popular culture
ImeldaWhelehan
Introduction

This chapter focuses on the changing feminist critical responses to the representation of women in popular culture since the late 1980s and to the legacy of Second Wave feminist politics in how women are represented and how representation is approached – both in academic research and as part of the wider popular social and political commentaries offered in broadsheets and other media. It summarizes briefly how early feminist debates on representation simultaneously foregrounded and marginalized academic studies in popular culture from the late 1960s and through to the 1980s. It charts how that situation changes, so that by the 1990s there is evidence of a growing interest in spectatorship and consumption that determines the direction and ...

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