By Melissa Ames, Sarah Burcon
Contemporary pop culture has created a slew of stereotypical roles for women and ladies to (willingly or no longer) play all through their lives: The Princess, the Nymphette, the Diva, the only lady, the Bridezilla, the Tiger mom, the M.I.L.F, the Cougar, and extra. during this booklet Ames and Burcon examine the function of cultural texts in gender socialization at particular pre-scripted levels of a woman's existence (from ladies to the 'golden girls') and the way that guideline compounds over the years. via learning quite a few texts (toys, magazines, blogs, tweets, tv indicates, Hollywood motion pictures, novels, and self-help books) they argue that pop culture exists as a kind of funhouse replicate continually distorting the genuine global stipulations that exist for ladies, magnifying the gendered expectancies they face. regardless of the numerous troublesome, conflicting messages girls obtain all through their lives, this ebook additionally showcases the methods such messages are resisted, permitting girls to maneuver prior the blurry fact they broadcast and towards, confidently, gender equality.
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While these narratives did reflect the cultural times, they also provided a sense of escapism, focusing on lush settings, rich castle backdrops, and endless prosperity in a time when much of the country was struggling financially and unemployment rates consistently hovered around the 10 percent mark. ’98 So, quite clearly, the post-9/11 period is not unique in the ways it has turned to the socialization of children in the hope of turning cultural tides. In fact, it simply shows how cyclical these waves really are when looked at through a wide historical lens.
As discussed in Chapter 1, one such set of messages girls receive early on revolves around cultural beauty standards. Unsurprisingly, such messages about body culture and material culture find their way into the paperback entertainment that girls escape into. And perhaps no YA novel series reveals this focus more clearly than Cecily von Ziegesar’s ‘Gossip Girl’ books. Von Ziegesar’s first novel, Gossip Girl, was released in 2002 and immediately left an imprint on the publishing market. Consisting of 11 novels and various follow-up texts, the popular novel series was later adapted 38 How Pop Culture Shapes the Stages of a Woman’s Life for television (CW, 2007–2012).
26 So why pay attention to this literary legacy – to the strong young women tucked into the pages of YA novels? It’s just escapist fiction meant for teens, and it can’t possibly wield that much cultural influence if it’s only reaching a subset of a specific age demographic, right? Wrong. Part of the reason YA literature is getting all this attention is exactly because it is not just being read by tweens and teens. Adults are rapidly consuming these texts too. 27 Similar to the panic caused by the slight shift from male to female lead characters, the increasing number of adults reading YA texts has caused critics to make apocalyptic predictions about the death of literacy.