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 critical appraisal of gender relations, as well as a recognition that to think ‘theoretically’ is not to detach concerns from lived experience but to extend the possibilities of understanding.

With this focus on theory and theorizing about the world in which we live, this Handbook asks us, across all disciplines and situations, to abandon our taken-for-granted assumptions about the world and interrogate both the origin and the implications of our ideas about gender relations and feminism.

It is an essential reference work for advanced students and academics not only of feminist theory, but of gender and sexuality across the humanities and social sciences.

‘It's All About Shopping’: The Role of Consumption in the Feminization of Journalism

‘It’s all about shopping': The role of consumption in the feminization of journalism

The representation of women in popular journalism has been at the heart of the feminist agenda since the 1960s. An attack on the ideology of women's magazines was central to Betty Friedan's 1963 indictment of femininity, The Feminine Mystique, while protestors at the 1968 Miss America pageant threw copies of Cosmopolitan into their freedom trash can. In the intervening years women's magazines have remained a key subject of both popular debate and academic inquiry. Feminist critiques of popular journalism have been driven by recognition of the role such magazines have played in defining norms of behaviour and appearance and in ...

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