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Living in a hybrid material world

Girls, ethnicity and mediated doll products

Angharad N. Valdivia

Drawing on a theoretical framework that combines Media Studies, Latina/o Studies, and Girls Studies with the concept of hybridity, I explore American Girl, Dora the Explorer, and Bratz—three mediated doll lines—as manifestations of an ethnic identity crisis that in turns generates a moral panic that seeks to return whiteness and conventional femininity to its normalized mainstream standing. Issues of production, representation, and reception of mediated doll lines illuminate both a synergistic marketing strategy and a contested reception of hybrid mediated dolls. As such, mediated doll lines can be productively examined as they are an excellent vehicle for understanding contemporary agendas over gender, age, class, and ethnicity.

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Not Too Real

Young Men Find “The Real” in “Unreal” Media

Allison Butler

This article explores stories told by five young men, ages 17-19, about how they conceptualize “reality” through their electronic media choices. In studies on young people and the media, there is a rich and popular conservative tradition of seeing those deemed “deviant” as deeply and negatively influenced by the media. These individuals are assumed to have a fragile conscience that will permit them to be attracted to and act out socially unacceptable behaviors seen in the media. Deviance is understood in terms of social location, including race, gender, social class, and educational attainment. This essay challenges that tradition by asking how these boys understand and make meaning from their media choices. I draw directly from their stories told by youth of color from the inner-city South Bronx, New York. How do they articulate their viewing/listening positions and make meaning of “reality” when it is often people like them who are depicted as criminals and perpetuators of socially unacceptable behaviors in the media? Instead of seeking out or reacting against violent media, they choose and “make meaning” from media that help them conceptualize family, friendship, community, and career choice.

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How to Survive the Postfeminist Impasse

Grace Helbig’s Affective Aesthetics

Catherine McDermott

although analyses of postfeminist culture continue to proliferate, the discussion itself appears to have stalled. Hence my proposition that postfeminist media studies as a genre of scholarship has reached a critical impasse. Unquestionably, postfeminist

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Girl Zines at Work

Feminist Media Literacy Education with Underserved Girls

Leigh Moscowitz and Micah Blaise Carpenter

In this article we report on the results of a semester-long critical media literacy initiative with underserved fourth- and fifth-grade girls. Building on the work in girls' studies, feminist pedagogies and critical media studies, this project was designed to privilege girls' voices, experiences, and agency by culminating in the girls' own media production of zines—hand-made, hand-distributed booklets based around the author's interests and experiences. By examining before and after focus group interviews conducted with participants and analyzing the content of their zines, we interrogate participants' general—but hardly linear—shift from positions of celebratory, uncritical media exposure, to self-affirming, transgressive media consumption and production. Ultimately, our findings both emphasize the need for feminist critical media literacy education, and articulate its pedagogical challenges.

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Working Hard, Hanging Back

Constructing the Achieving Girl

Colette Slagle

’s Research in Cultural and Media Studies series is a sophisticated study of the socio-cultural concept of the so-called achieving girl. Paule does not attempt to universalize the term, but instead destabilizes it by considering how the achieving girl is

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Boyhood Studies at 10

Diederik F. Janssen

, psychometrics, and media studies. Increasingly and fortuitously, contributors have engaged in dialogue between and among disciplines. Readers new to the journal are invited to browse back issues on the journal’s homepage. 1 The present Spring issue is a

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Paula MacDowell

, including data collection, data selection, data analysis, and the assembly of shared research findings. For example, the coresearchers were asked to prepare (at home) for a team meeting by creating a list of their questions concerning media studies and

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Chloe Krystyna Garcia and Ayesha Vemuri

.2307/466240 Gill , Rosalind . 2016 . “ Post-postfeminism? New Feminist Visibilities in Postfeminist Times .” Feminist Media Studies 16 ( 4 ): 610 – 630 . doi:10.1080/14680777.2016.1193293 . 10.1080/14680777.2016.1193293 Grahame , Jenny , Sara Bragg

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Authenticity and Aspiration

Exploring the CBBC Television Tween

Sarah Godfrey

for Quality Children’s Television in the UK .” Journal of Children and Media 5 ( 1 ): 102 – 106 . 10.1080/17482798.2011.533498 Jackson , Sue . 2006 . “ Street Girl .” Feminist Media Studies 6

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The Doll “InbeTween”

Online Doll Videos and the Intertextuality of Tween Girl Culture

Jessica E. Johnston

also been known to collect and play with these dolls. While the practice of playing with dolls past childhood is not new, recording and uploading these play performances to YouTube raise new considerations for scholars of girls’ media studies in