Challenging Images of Women in the Media: Reinventing Women's Lives

December 8, 2020
Challenging Images of Women in the Media: Reinventing Women's Lives

Challenging Images of Women and the Media: Reinventing Women'sLives, edited by Theresa Carilli and Jane Campbell, collectsfifteen articles addressing the status of women through anexamination of depictions of women in the media. This in-depthstudy shows how mixed messages from the media muddle attempts atbreaking the "glass screen," causing women to constantly questiontheir role in global culture. With cake ads followed by dietcommercials, the media's depiction of women is both confusing andcontradictory. While more and more women have begun to contributeto the media as respected anchors, talk show hosts, andcommentators, these portrayals are often counteracted by musicvideos and reality television shows such as Jersey Shore. Thiscollection seeks to analyze these depictions and their effects onwomen and culture. The contributors to this anthology hail fromsuch diverse locations as Japan, Australia, Pakistan, India, China,Bulgaria, and the United States. With this global focus,Challenging Images of Women in the Media scrutinizes issues ofrace, ethnicity, class, and sexuality through a study of genderedmedia portrayals. By challenging the status quo of media images,the contributors to this essential volume invite a dialogue aboutwomen's lives.