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Fan Girls and the Media By Adrienne Trier-Bieniek

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This collection of essays examines the ways that entertainment and media are created and consumed in conjunction with gender stereotypes, by examining the diverse ways that women are confronting these stereotypes.

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Fan Girls and the Media: Creating Characters, Consuming Culture by Adrienne Trier-Bieniek

In the broad spectrum of popular culture, one can be a fan of just about anything: comic books, television shows, fantasy novels, movie franchises, musical artists, and so on. Because fans are fluid and ever-changing, however, defining them poses a challenge. As a result, too few scholars have yet to focus on the impact of gender in media consumption, leading to a limited portrait of what male and female fans look for. In Fan Girls and the Media: Creating Characters, Consuming Culture, Adrienne Trier-Bieniek has assembled a collection of essays that demonstrate the gendered aspect of fandom and explore the ways different forms of media challenge stereotypical ideals of how culture is consumed. Contributors examine a wide range of fan issues-from gendered stereotypes in the Star Trek and Twilight franchises to gender roles in Tyler Perry films and The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Other essays look at the female comedy fan community, the appeal of avenging-woman characters written by men, and the use of social media by women in the video-game culture. This collection describes how gender is present in fandom, demonstrating the need to combat the marginalization of female identities in various cultural outlets. Fan Girls and the Media will be of interest to anyone studying fandom but also students and scholars of sociology, media, and gender studies.

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The essays Trier-Bieniek has collected examine a wide range of popular culture and media topics. . . .Some of the chapters-e.g., 'Members of the Tribe,' 'Cultural Production and Digital Resilience,' 'Writing Her Story,' and 'The New Housewife'-explore gender, race, and class in contemporary popular culture, adding to scholarship that often implicitly foregrounds whiteness. Though the feminist literature includes work on many of the pop culture phenomena discussed here-Real Housewives, Buffy, Star Trek, Orange Is the New Black-this collection will be useful to those new to feminist media studies. Summing Up: Recommended...Lower-division undergraduates; general readers. * CHOICE *

About Adrienne Trier-Bieniek

Adrienne Trier-Bieniek is professor of sociology at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida. She is the coeditor of Gender & Pop Culture: A Text-Reader and author of Sing Us a Song, Piano Woman: Female Fans and the Music of Tori Amos (Scarecrow Press 2013).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction - Finding Feminist Fandom in Orange is the New Black Adrienne Trier-Bieniek Chapter 1 - "Sci-Fi and Skimpy Outfits": Negotiating Objectification, Gendered Boundaries, and Authenticity within the Star Trek Fandom Sarah M. Corse and Jaime Hartless Chapter 2 - A New Dawn Breaks: Rewriting Gender Wrongs Through Twilight Fan Fiction Penelope Eate Chapter 3 - Coveting Sarah Jessica Parker: When Postfeminism Meets Commodity Feminism Gigi McNamara Chapter 4 - Members of the Tribe: Marginal Identities and the Female Comedy Fan Community Joanne Gilbert Chapter 5 - "When a Man Knows a Woman": Understanding the Fan Appeal of Avenging- Women Written by Men" Lara Stache Chapter 6 - Cultural Production and Digital Resilience: Examining Female Gamers Use of Social Media to Participate in Video Game Culture Kishonna Gray Chapter 7 - The New Housewife: Gender Roles and Perceptions of The Real Housewives of Atlanta Natasha Howard Chapter 8 - Writing Her Story: Matriarchy through the Male Gaze in Tyler Perry's Film The Family That Preys Christopher K. Jackson and Adria Y. Goldman Index About the Editors and Contributors

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Fan Girls and the Media: Creating Characters, Consuming Culture by Adrienne Trier-Bieniek
Adrienne Trier-Bieniek
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