Cupcakes, Pinterest, and Ladyporn: Feminized Popular Culture in the Early Twenty-First Century


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University of Illinois Press
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5.9 X 0.7 X 8.9 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

Elana Levine is an associate professor in the Department of Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is the author of Wallowing in Sex: The New Sexual Culture of 1970s American Television and co-author of Legitimating Television: Media Convergence and Cultural Status.


"An enlightening consideration of the ways women consume media."--Bust

"By foregrounding the complexity of gender in a postfeminist culture increasingly opposed to gender-specific analysis, Levine reminds us that these projects of feminist media analysis are as important in the 21st century as they were during the early days of feminist studies... Levine's collection provides a fresh, updated look at feminized pop culture."--Feminist Collections

"Cupcakes shows that the seemingly most traditional forms of popular culture, the sites that appear to simply reify normative femininity, are actually locations for complex and agentic negotiations of gendered, raced, and classed expectations in the often contradictory field of popular culture."--Signs

"Through its manifold critiques of digital media, cultural products, and gendered spaces, Cupcakes, Pinterest, and Ladyporn has the potential to reinvigorate contemporary scholarship in feminist media studies and bring "feminized cultures" back into focus."--Feminist Media Studies

"Taken as a whole, Cupcakes, Pinterest, and Ladyporn reads as a roundtable discussion on new roads ahead for feminist media and cultural studies more deeply concerned with issues of gender, race, and sexuality than ever."--The Velvet Light Trap

"Levine has assembled a comprehensive set of smart, accessible, and interesting essays that truly capture 'feminized' popular culture in the early twenty-first century United States. This will be the definitive volume on 'post-feminist' popular cultural productions for some time to come."--Rebecca Wanzo, author of The Suffering Will Not Be Televised: African American Women and Sentimental Political Storytelling