Philosophical Feminism and Popular Culture

Contributions by Kelly Oliver, Cynthia Willett, Julie Willett, Naomi Zack, Anne-Marie Schultz, Jennifer Ingle, Lenore Wright Edited by Sharon Crasnow, Joanne Waugh

Publication date:

06 December 2012

Length of book:

210 pages


Lexington Books

ISBN-13: 9780739172247

The eight essays contained in Philosophical Feminism and Popular Culture explore the portrayal of women and various philosophical responses to that portrayal in contemporary post-civil rights society. The essays examine visual, print, and performance media—stand-up comedy, movies, television, and a blockbuster trilogy of novel. These philosophical feminist analyses of popular culture consider the possibilities, both positive and negative, that popular culture presents for articulating the structure of the social and cultural practices in which gender matters, and for changing these practices if and when they follow from, lead to, or perpetuate discrimination on the basis of gender. The essays bring feminist voices to the conversation about gender and attests to the importance of feminist critique in what is sometimes claimed to be a post-feminist era.
Joanne Waugh and Sharon Crasnow's volume is a valuable addition to contemporary feminist work. From 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' to television and beyond, the book helps the reader along with the underexamined intersection between feminism, philosophy and popular culture. The introduction is especially valuable as an explanatory piece on the sets of distinctions between popular art and other varieties.