Panel on Postfeminism in Popular Culture for the 2013 Midwest PCA/ACA Conference

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Melissa Miles McCarter
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Papers on any aspect of postfeminism and popular culture requested for a panel I am organizing for the Midwest Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association Conference to be held Oct. 11-13, 2013 in St. Louis, MO.

Please send a 150 word abstract and short bio in MS Word format to by March 25, 2013. Selection of panel will be announced April 1, 2013.

The focus on this panel will be on postfeminist representations of femininity and/or masculinity in particular television shows, movies, or other popular media.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Portrayals of economic tensions between men and women post-feminism.

Use of humor in post-feminist portrayals of men and/or women

Marriage, single-hood, gay or straight, in a postfeminist popular context

Reality shows reflecting postfeminist considerations

Bodily representations (including pregnant, overweight/anorexic, transgendered, and/or disabled individuals) in postfeminist popular culture

Sex or sexuality in a postfeminist media

Social media's role in forming a postfeminist popular consciousness

Thank you,
Dr. Melissa Miles McCarter

Melissa Miles McCarter has a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition from University of Texas at Arlington. She lives in rural Southeast Missouri with her husband and step-son. She is currently editing and publishing, "Joy, Interrupted: An Anthology on Motherhood and Loss" for her small press, Fat Daddy's Farm.

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