[Update]: Panel on Postfeminism and Popular Culture @ Midwest Popular Culture Conference, St. Louis, MO, Oct. 11-13, 2013

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

According to Rosalind Gill (2007), "postfeminism is best thought of as a sensibility that characterises increasing numbers of films, television shows, adverts and other media products" and this sensibility is, "made up of a number of interrelated themes," including:

-femininity is a bodily property;
-the shift from objectification to subjectification;
-an emphasis upon self surveillance, monitoring and self-discipline;
-a focus on individualism, choice and empowerment;
-the dominance of a makeover paradigm; and a resurgence of ideas about natural sexual difference.

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

Please send a 150 word abstract and short bio in MS Word format to melissa_miles@yahoo.com by the extended deadline of April 1, 2013.

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.