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How Pop Culture Shapes the Stages of a Woman’s Life

From Toddlers-in-Tiaras to Cougars-on-the-Prowl

  • Melissa Ames
  • Sarah Burcon
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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Melissa Ames, Sarah Burcon
    Pages 202-218
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 232-291

About this book

Introduction

Contemporary popular culture has created a slew of stereotypical roles for girls and women to (willingly or not) play throughout their lives: The Princess, the Nymphette, the Diva, the Single Girl, the Bridezilla, the Tiger Mother, the M.I.L.F, the Cougar, and more. In this book Ames and Burcon investigate the role of cultural texts in gender socialization at specific pre-scripted stages of a woman's life (from girls to the "golden girls") and how that instruction compounds over time. By studying various texts (toys, magazines, blogs, tweets, television shows, Hollywood films, novels, and self-help books) they argue that popular culture exists as a type of funhouse mirror constantly distorting the real world conditions that exist for women, magnifying the gendered expectations they face. Despite the many problematic, conflicting messages women receive throughout their lives, this book also showcases the ways such messages are resisted, allowing women to move past the blurry reality they broadcast and toward, hopefully, gender equality.

Keywords

Gender popular culture feminism media sexuality age socialization stereotypes sexism ageism girlhood adolescence dating weddings marriage motherhood menopause self-help celebrity culture social media culture gender girls humour society women

Authors and affiliations

  • Melissa Ames
    • 1
  • Sarah Burcon
    • 2
  1. 1.Eastern Illinois UniversityUSA
  2. 2.University of MichiganUSA

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