WOMEN AND POPULAR CULTURE: OF SOCIAL JUSTICE, SEXUAL POLITICS AND THE STATUS QUO
Guest Editor: Susan Stein
The past decade has seen considerable changes in the spaces women occupy in American culture, including an increase in the number of women with major roles in politics and in the media. Indeed, women's engagements with social media have opened up new opportunities for grassroots activism and the creation of more distributed communities.
At the same time, this explosion of popular media that has made strong and important women more visible continues to reinforce traditional stereotypes , and one need only briefly visit social media sites, look at other outlets for new media, or listen to popular music across all genres to discover that extreme forms of sexual objectification, violence against women, and misogyny are as ubiquitous as ever.
We are soliciting articles that examine the degree to which contemporary popular culture serves as a site of containment or resistance for the agendas of women interested in promoting and advancing social justice and equality; concomitantly, this entails the ongoing critique and deconstruction of persistent ideologies, agendas, cultural vehicles.
Papers should be 15-25 pages in 12 point font Times New Roman, Subject Heading: Women and Popular Culture Special Issue, and submitted as a Microsoft Word attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 15, 2011. Please place notes at the end of your document, and use the citation format that predominates in your discipline.
SUGGESTED TOPICS (Please feel free to submit papers on other related topics of interest):
*Feminist Cultural Critiques
*Women and the War
*New Washington Women
*Women News Anchors
*Women's Political Campaigns: Image over Substance?
*First Lady Michelle Obama
*Lesbians in Popular Culture
*Women Directors in and outside of Hollywood
*Women in Hollywood
*Women in Popular Music
*Popular Women Writers
*Global Capitalism and Feminism
*Stereotypes of Poor Women
*Women in Administrative Positions
*Television: Should we relegate it to the trash bin of history?
*Body Image, Gender and Appearance
*Women and Misogyny
*Women's Studies Today
*Feminist Theory Today
*What are Feminists?
*Women and Political Power