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Sexual Identities and the Media

Sexual Identities and the Media: An Introduction

By Wendy Hilton-Morrow and Kathleen Battles (2015)

“Sexual Identities and the Media encourages students to examine media as a site of negotiation for how people make sense of their own and others’ sexual identities. Taking a critical/cultural approach, Wendy Hilton-Morrow and Kathleen Battles weave together theory, synthesis of existing research, and original analysis of contemporary media examples in order to explore key areas of debate, including:

  • an historical context for contemporary GLBTQ representations;
  • the advantages and limitations of media visibility, including a discussion of the strengths and limitations of stereotype research and the quest for “positive” representations;
  • the role of consumer culture in constructing GLBTQ identities;
  • strategies of mainstream media resistance by GLBTQ community members, including oppositional/queer reading strategies and the production of media products by and for the GLBTQ community;
  • the complexities of comedy as a popular narrative device in GLBTQ portrayals;
  • the closet as a structuring metaphor in both GLBTQ identities and engagement with media;
  • media representations of GLBTQ bodies as sites of non-normative desires and gender identities.

“Featuring an enormous range of discussion questions and case studies—from celebrity coming-out narratives, transgender models, and slash fiction writers to Glee and Modern Family—this textbook offers a timely, informative, and demystifying introduction to this vital intersection in contemporary culture.”Screen Shot 2015-01-04 at 10.10.41 AM

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