The Third Edition of Women in Mass Communication provides a new generation of students with an insightful examination of women in the journalism and mass communication professions. In this seminal volume, editors Pamela Creedon and Judith Cramer offer ideas and directions for improving the status of women—and men— working in the field.

Myths of Race and Beauty in Teen Magazines: A Semiotic Analysis

Myths of Race and Beauty in Teen Magazines: A Semiotic Analysis

Myths of race and beauty in teen magazines: A semiotic analysis
Meenakshi GigiDurham, The University of Iowa

That the field of representation remains a place of struggle is most evident when we critically examine contemporary representations of blackness and black people. I was painfully reminded of this fact recently when visiting friends on a once colonized black island. Their little girl is just reaching that stage of preadolescent life where we become obsessed with our image. Her skin is dark. Her hair chemically straightened. Not only is she fundamentally convinced that straightened hair is more beautiful than curly, kinky, natural hair, she believes that lighter skin makes one more worthy, more valuable in the eyes of ...

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