Television and the Case of Cagney and Lacey
Author: Julie D'Acci
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
Category: Social Science
Defining Women explores the social and cultural construction of gender and the meanings of woman, women, and femininity as they were negotiated in the pioneering television series Cagney and Lacey, starring two women as New York City police detectives. Julie D'Acci illuminates the tensions between the television industry, the series production team, the mainstream and feminist press, various interest groups, and television viewers over competing notions of what women could or could not be--not only on television but in society at large. Cagney and Lacey, which aired from 1981 to 1988, was widely recognized as an innovative treatment of working women and developed a large and loyal following. While researching this book, D'Acci had unprecedented access to the set, to production meetings, and to the complete production files, including correspondence from network executives, publicity firms, and thousands of viewers. She traces the often heated debates surrounding the development of women characters and the representation of feminism on prime-time television, shows how the series was reconfigured as a 'woman's program,' and investigates questions of female spectatorship and feminist readings. Although she focuses on Cagney and Lacey, D'Acci discusses many other examples from the history of American television.
Mount Holyoke Faculty and the Rise of American Science
Author: Miriam R. Levin
Category: Social Science
An examination of science at Mount Holyhoke College shows how the unique blend of a religious and female calling led to a new interpretation of the scientific field and how new ideas of doing science became translated into new ways of teaching science.
Social Institutions and Gender Divisions
Author: Rosemary Pringle
Category: Social Science
Defining Women is a major in-depth analysis of the social, economic and political position of women in contemporary societies. It explores the ways in which social institutions, practices and discourse define women and their position in present-day societies. The book examines the essential debates about the social construction of gender divisions in and by the key institutions of the labour market and the state. Focussing on notions of power, dependence and equality, it addresses questions of the differences between women and men, and between women themselves, in the economy and civil society. Women's political struggles to challenge their subordinate position are also assessed. The recognition of the diverse interests of women currently poses a real challenge to the central project of feminism, but Defining Women confidently argues for it's future. This book will be widely used as a text book in feminism and women's studies and will have a broad interdisciplinary appeal.
Defining Women Through Feminist Practice
Author: Cressida J. Heyes
Publisher: Cornell University Press
At the heart of feminist theory lies the seemingly intractable issue of essentialism. Feminism has thus far failed to transcend critiques of essentialism and currently offers only two inadequate positions against it. One response reifies the category "women," representing the experience of oppression of privileged women as archetypal for feminism, and the other denies the category because it unjustly overgeneralizes, thus undercutting the possibility of a robust theory of gender oppression. To spur anti-essentialist methods and practice around such issues as sexual violence, feminist theory crucially needs a constructive and politically powerful strategy for defining women.Cressida J. Heyes deftly elucidates and then travels beyond the essentialism debates to rescue the efficacy of feminist theory for activism and research. She offers a genealogy of essentialism, specifically as it applies to the work of Carol Gilligan and Catharine MacKinnon, and employs a Wittgensteinian approach to feminism that understands similarities between women as family resemblances and political decisions about inclusion and exclusion as contextual and purposive. Line Drawings argues for an anti-essentialist method that enables generalizing feminist discourse but insists on paying close attention to the operations of power in constructing claims about women. This is a fresh and vitally important step past stymied debate on what is arguably the most pressing issue in cross-disciplinary feminist theory.
--on Mature Reflection
Author: Dianne Norton
Category: Older women
Older women are as diverse a group of individuals as you'll come across anywhere. The phrase - 'The Elderly' - so often used in the media - is a terrible denigration of the rich complexity of older women (and men, of course). We are not in any way a homogenous mass and this book demonstrates that important truth. Apart from three guest 'celebs', [Jan Etherington, Germaine Greer, Anne Widdicombe] the women contributing to this book are extraordinary ordinary women. They responded to an invitation to write about anything they liked. Although the book has no theme as such, a number of parallels ripple through the contents. Defining Women will inspire readers to think about relevant issues and hopefully trigger interesting and fruitful discussions.
Television after the Network Era
Author: Amanda D. Lotz
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Category: Social Science
In the 1990s, American televison audiences witnessed an unprecedented rise in programming devoted explicitly to women. Cable networks such as Oxygen Media, Women's Entertainment Network, and Lifetime targeted a female audience, and prime-time dramatic series such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Judging Amy, Gilmore Girls, Sex and the City, and Ally McBeal empowered heroines, single career women, and professionals struggling with family commitments and occupational demands. After establishing this phenomenon's significance, Amanda D. Lotz explores the audience profile, the types of narrative and characters that recur, and changes to the industry landscape in the wake of media consolidation and a profusion of channels. Employing a cultural studies framework, Lotz examines whether the multiplicity of female-centric networks and narratives renders certain gender stereotypes uninhabitable, and how new dramatic portrayals of women have redefined narrative conventions. Redesigning Women also reveals how these changes led to narrowcasting, or the targeting of a niche segment of the overall audience, and the ways in which the new, sophisticated portrayals of women inspire sympathetic identification while also commodifying viewers into a marketable demographic for advertisers.
Author: Miriam Meltzer Olson
Publisher: Psychology Press
Category: Health & Fitness
Various authors discuss issues such as breast cancer, menopause, substance abuse treatments, depression, women's health care centers, African American women and AIDS and other women's health issues.
The Pursuit of Interdisciplinarity
Author: Kate Conway-Turner
Publisher: University of Delaware Press
Category: Social Science
This anthology represents original work presented at a conference commemorating the twentieth anniversary of Women's Studies at the University of Delaware. The central theme focuses on the interdisciplinary links within contemporary women's studies scholarship, addressing the need for this scholarship to cut across disciplines, to be located within a feminist framework, to continually redefine and develop appropriate methodologies, and to translate the academic work into products that address critical issues and concerns facing women and women's creative scholarship.
Author: Francine Silverman
This ebook is designed for potential radio guests and includes title of show, name of host, theme, where aired, guest criteria, email, website, phone (optional), and best method of contact. Covered are chick lit books, female and Christian entrepreneurs, fun for women over 40, guy talk, men's comedy, girl's math and science, women empowerment, lesbian, gay and transgender issues, life makeovers, interesting women, women's health, parenting, women's ministries and spirituality, women in business, medicine, politics, midlife, health and beauty, feminist women, Irish related topics, sign language, and aging matters.
Female Clergy in the Medieval West
Author: Gary Macy
Publisher: Oxford University Press
The Roman Catholic leadership still refuses to ordain women officially or even to recognize that women are capable of ordination. But is the widely held assumption that women have always been excluded from such roles historically accurate? How might the current debate change if our view of the history of women's ordination were to change? In The Hidden History of Women's Ordination, Gary Macy argues that for the first twelve hundred years of Christianity, women were in fact ordained into various roles in the church. He uncovers references to the ordination of women in papal, episcopal and theological documents of the time, and the rites for these ordinations have survived. The insistence among scholars that women were not ordained, Macy shows, is based on a later definition of ordination, one that would have been unknown in the early Middle Ages.
U.S. Newspapers and the Construction of a Female Readership
Author: Dustin Harp
Publisher: Lexington Books
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Desperately Seeking Women Readers considers explicitly named women's pages in U.S. newspapers to understand how the newspaper industry has constructed women readers. Special pages for women developed in the 1890s but by the 1960s had disappeared. The book investigates the creation and collapse of these pages before considering contemporary case studies to articulate why newspapers during the 1990s recreated sex-specific pages. The author argues that women's sections reinforce women as consumers and men as citizens.
A Life-cycle Approach
Author: Sarah E. Romans,Mary Violette Seeman
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Women's Mental Health: A Life-Cycle Approach brings together the latest research and clinical information on the wide variety of psychiatric problems that affect women in unique ways. The book is organized around the female life cycle—childhood, adolescence, adulthood, reproduction, and aging—and addresses specific disorders as they present at each stage. Chapters examine the biological, hormonal, and psychosocial foundations of female psychiatric disorders at each life-cycle stage and offer a framework for thinking about clinical problems. Expert commentaries are included to expand on key issues and provide an insightful overview of each life-cycle stage. The international group of contributors ensures complete coverage of cross-cultural issues. Concluding chapters discuss mental health services for women worldwide.
A Tribute to 101 of the Decade's Defining Women
Author: Chris Strodder
Publisher: Cedco Publishing Company
Category: Social Science
An affectionate tribute to the women who waged a cultural revolution, "Swingin' Chicks of the '60s" offers photos, profiles and little-known details of the lives of 101 defining divas of the decade, including Twiggy, Annette Funicello, Ann-Margret, Diana Rigg, Patty Duke, Janis Joplin, Cher, Jane Fonda, and Mia Farrow. 300_ photos.
Author: Michele Ford,Lyn Parker
Category: Business & Economics
This book examines the meaning of work for women in contemporary Indonesia. It takes a broad definition of work in order to interrogate assumptions about work and economic activity, focusing on what women themselves see as their work, which includes not only paid employment, home life and child care, but also activities surrounding ritual, healing and religious life. It analyses the key issues, including the contrasts between ‘new’ and ‘old’ forms of work, the relationship between experiences of migration and work, and the ways in which religion – especially Islam - shapes perceptions and practice of work. It discusses women’s work in a range of different settings, both rural and urban, and in different locations, covering Sumatra, Bali, Lombok, Java, Sulawesi and Kalimantan. A wide range of types of employment are considered: agricultural labour, industrial work and new forms of work in the tertiary sector such as media and tourism, demonstrating how capitalism, globalization and local culture together produce gendered patterns of work with particular statuses and identities. It address the question of the meaning and valuing of women’s ‘traditional’ work, be it agricultural labour, domestic work or other kinds of reproductive labour, challenging assumptions of women as ‘only’ mothers and housewives, and demonstrating how women can negotiate new definitions of ‘housewife’ by mobilizing kinship and village relations to transcend conventional categories such as wage labour and the domestic sphere. Overall, this book is an important study of the meaning of work for women in Indonesia.
Women's Fairy Tales in Seventeenth-century France
Author: Patricia Hannon
Category: Social Science
Fabulous Identities revises traditional interpretations of the fairy-tale vogue which was dominated by salon women in the last decade of the French seventeenth century. This study of women's tale narratives is set into an investigation of how aristocratic identity was transformed by political and social realignments forced by royal absolutism or ambitious materialism. Women's distinctive contributions to the genre are defined by drawing upon various texts that articulated the century's moral, cultural, and aesthetic values, as well as upon contemporary critical perspectives including seventeenth-century historical and cultural studies.Caught up in the philosophical, political and social controversy over woman's nature, seventeenth-century women writers benefited from salon culture and their access to writing through the literary genres of fairy tales and novels, to explore new identities and expand representations of subjectivity. Women's tales can be seen as a theater for staging an authorial persona at odds with their portrait as presented in male-authored didactic treatises and in the fairy tales of Charles Perrault. At a time when the pressures of social conformity weighed heavily upon them, theconteuses highlight through metamorphosis the affective dimension together with its impact on evolving notions of personal autonomy.
Law, Technology, and Reproduction in An Uneasy Age
Author: Janet L. Dolgin
Publisher: NYU Press
Defining the Family: Law, Technology, and Reproduction in an Uneasy Age provides a sweeping portrait of the family in American law from the nineteenth century to the present. The family today has come to be defined by individuality and choice. Pre-nuptial agreements, non-marital cohabitation, gay and lesbian marriages have all profoundly altered our ideas about marriage and family. In the last few years, reproductive technology and surrogacy have accelerated this process of change at a breathtaking rate. Once simple questions have taken on a dizzying complexity: Who are the real parents of a child? What are the relationships and responsibilities between a child, the woman who carried it to term, and the egg donor? Between viable sperm and the wife of a dead donor? The courts and the law have been wildly inconsistent and indecisive when grappling with these questions. Should these cases be decided in light of laws governing contracts and property? Or it is more appropriate to act in the best interests of the child, even if that child is unborn, or even unconceived? No longer merely settling disputes among family members, the law is now seeing its own role expand, to the point where it is asked to regulate situations unprecedented in human history. Janet L. Dolgin charts the response of the law to modern reproductive technology both as it transforms our image of the family and is itself transformed by the tide of social forces.
Author: Susan R. Grayzel
Publisher: Pearson Education
Women and the First World War provides an introduction to the experiences and contributions of women during this important turning point in history. In addition to exploring women's relationship to the war in each of the main protagonist states, the book also looks at the wide-ranging effects of the war on women in Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealandand North America. Topical in its approach, the book highlights: The heated public debates about women's social. cultural and political roles that the war inspired Thier varied experiences of war Women's representation in propaganda Their roles in peace movements and revolutionary activity that grew out of the war The consequences of the war for women in its immediate aftermath