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Girls, Media, and Sexuality: The Case for Feminist Ethics

  • Meenakshi Gigi Durham
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Part of the Comparative Feminist Studies book series (CFS)

Abstract

The analysis of media representations of female sexuality has sparked ongoing scholarly debates in which the harms of sexualization are counterpoised against the notion of a “moral panic” over girls’ sexual expression. However, the polarized terms of the debate fail to account for the importance of radical contextualization in analyzing the mediation of girls’ sexuality. Using the Aristotelian concept of Eudaimonia, or the ideal of a “flourishing life,” and its basis in the material conditions of existence, it is proposed here that issues of power, vulnerability, and the politics of location must be taken into account in feminist media studies such that sexual representation’s connections with gendered social inequalities and injustices are recognized and redressed.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Journalism and Mass CommunicationUniversity of IowaIowa CityUSA

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