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At no point in recorded history has there been an absence of intense, and heated, discussion about the subject of how to conduct relations between women and men. This Handbook provides a comprehensive guide to these omnipresent issues and debates, mapping the present and future of thinking about feminist theory.

The chapters gathered here present the state of the art in scholarship in the field, covering: Epistemology and marginality; Literary, visual and cultural representations; Sexuality; Macro and microeconomics of gender; Conflict and peace.

The most important consensus in this volume is that a central organizing tenet of feminism is its willingness to examine the ways in which gender and relations between women and men have been (and are) organized. The authors bring a shared commitment to the ...

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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