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Third Wave Feminism and Television: Jane Puts It in a Box

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  21 ratings  ·  7 reviews
The sexual politics of television culture is the territory covered by this ground-breaking book - the first to demonstrate the ways in which third wave feminist television studies approaches and illuminates mainstream TV. Leading voices in third wave feminism focus on innovative US television shows, including The Sopranos, Oz, Six Feet Under, The L Word and the reality-TV ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 15th 2007 by I. B. Tauris (first published February 21st 2007)
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Merri Lisa Johnson's collection, Third Wave Feminism and Television uses contemporary television as a lens through which to view a variety of issues ranging from S/M practices to prisoner rape within a third wave framework. The essay most emblematic of this approach is the final one, Leslie Heywood's incredibly insightful "'The Room' as 'Heterosexual Closet': The Life and Death of Alternative Relationships on Six Feet Under." In it, Heywood uses Six Feet Under's Nate as an example of "queer hete ...more
Dec 13, 2007 Kaitlyn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: feminists/television buffs
I was first introduced to Merri Lisa Johnson through her other book “Jane Sexes It Up” (side note: this is a great book that looks at sexuality from a third wave feminist perspective). I picked up “Jane Puts It In A Box” because I liked what she did in her other book and also I was interested to read the essays on popular television shows like the Sopranos, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Bachelor and The L Word. I think Johnson choose some great essays that really problematize current readings of ...more
An interesting and thought provoking collection of several academic feminist critical essays covering television shows including : Oz, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Sopranos, The L Word, Queer As Folk, The Bachelor, and Six Feet Under. With any collection, some essays are better then others but overall they are enjoyable to those familiar with reading academic articles.
I really liked reading this one, although I don't buy all of the assumptions the authors make about the shows.

Yes, The Bachelor is nothing more than misogynist crap. No, I don't really see a feminist agenda. Sorry.

And I'm also not so sure that the Buffy/Spike relationship was necessarily about S/M.

But the essays were good to discuss.
Like many compilations, this was up and down - there was interesting commentary on contemporary TV shows in terms of gender and sexual identity, and then there was the inevitable Foucault and Mulvey, with the lowest point being an indecipherable and whiny essay on how Buffy the Vampire Slayer doesn't fulfill the author's S&M fantasies.
For all Buffy fans, this book has an entirely different take on the kickass-ness (or lack of) in the Buffy character.
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