Media Depictions of Brides, Wives, and Mothers

Media Depictions of Brides Wives and Mothers Book CoverEdited by Alena Amato Ruggerio, Media Depictions of Brides, Wives, and Mothers explores how television, film, the Internet, and other media variously perpetuate gender stereotypes. The contributors to this volume bring a range of feminist rhetorical and media criticism approaches from across the communication discipline to their analyses of how television, film, news coverage, and the Internet shape our expectations of the performance of women’s identities. This collection includes studies of Bridezillas, Jon & Kate Plus 8, Sex and the City, Sarah Palin, Nancy Pelosi, The Devil Wears Prada, Practical Magic, “momtini” blogs, and Mad Men fan websites. Readers will learn to apply the insights from each chapter to their own set of assumptions about gendered roles and to recognize the possibilities for both liberation and domination when women’s practices of marrying, mating, and mothering are represented and misrepresented in the media. This collection is an essential contribution to media studies and criticism of gender stereotypes in contemporary culture.

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