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Abstinence Cinema: Virginity And The Rhetoric Of Sexual Purity In Contemporary Film, Casey R. Kelly Mar 2016

Abstinence Cinema: Virginity And The Rhetoric Of Sexual Purity In Contemporary Film, Casey R. Kelly

Casey R. Kelly

Follow a decade of cinema relatively silent on virginity loss, films from the 2000s onward both reflect and help constitute American culture’s anxious preoccupation with subject. In Abstinence Cinema, Casey Ryan Kelly examines the rhetorical and political weight of films about virginity from the Twilight film series to The 40-Year-Old Virgin. This book connects the emergence of more conservative and fearful representations of sexuality with the success of the contemporary abstinence-until-marriage movement. Kelly shows how many contemporary films overinflate the personal and social value of remaining chaste, imploring audiences to think more carefully about the potentially dangerous repercussions of ...


Strange/Familiar: Rhetorics Of Exoticism In Ethnographic Television, Casey Kelly Jul 2015

Strange/Familiar: Rhetorics Of Exoticism In Ethnographic Television, Casey Kelly

Casey R. Kelly

No abstract provided.


Feminine Purity And Masculine Revenge-Seeking In Taken (2008), Casey Kelly Jul 2015

Feminine Purity And Masculine Revenge-Seeking In Taken (2008), Casey Kelly

Casey R. Kelly

The 2008 film Taken depicts the murderous rampage of an ex-CIA agent seeking to recover his teenage daughter from foreign sex traffickers. I argue that Taken articulates a demand for a white male protector to serve as both guardian and avenger of white women's “purity” against the purportedly violent and sexual impulses of third world men. A neocolonial narrative retold through film, Taken infers that the protection of white feminine purity legitimates both male conquest abroad and overbearing protection of young women at home. I contend that popular films such as Taken are a part of the broader cultural ...


True’ Love Waits: The Construction Of Facts In Abstinence-Until- Marriage Discourse, Casey Kelly Jul 2015

True’ Love Waits: The Construction Of Facts In Abstinence-Until- Marriage Discourse, Casey Kelly

Casey R. Kelly

No abstract provided.


Remembering Radical Black Dissent: Traumatic Counter-Memories In Contemporary Documentaries About The Black Power Movement, Kristen Hoerl Jul 2015

Remembering Radical Black Dissent: Traumatic Counter-Memories In Contemporary Documentaries About The Black Power Movement, Kristen Hoerl

Kristen Hoerl

Contemporary rhetoric about race and racism has been shaped, in part, by popular films. Since the late 1980s and 1990s, Hollywood has provided a variety of what Kelly Madison refers to as "anti-racist-white-hero" films.1 Movies including Amistad, Cry Freedom, The Long Walk Home, Mississippi Burning, and Ghosts of Mississippi have routinely positioned white protagonists as civil rights heroes who win justice for the black community by punishing or humiliating white antagonists. Each film frames racial injustice as the consequence of closed-minded individuals, rather than as the outcome of the U.S. economic and political system. More recently, the motion ...


Maintaining Undesired Relationships, Jon Hess May 2015

Maintaining Undesired Relationships, Jon Hess

Jonathan A. Hess

As social creatures, we spend our lives in the company of others, rather than in isolation. Consequently, we maintain many relationships out of need rather than desire. Unfortunately, some of these relationships are ones that we would not maintain if given a choice. Although a considerable amount of research on relational dynamics can be applied to unwanted relationships, scholars have made little attempt to generate an integrated overview of what communication characteristics typify such relationships, how they differ from desirable relationships, or how they should best be maintained. The maintenance of unwanted relationships piques public interest. Articles with titles such ...


Advertising Professionals' Perceptions Of The Impact Of Gender Portrayals On Men And Women: A Question Of Ethics?, Linda Zayer, Catherine Coleman Dec 2014

Advertising Professionals' Perceptions Of The Impact Of Gender Portrayals On Men And Women: A Question Of Ethics?, Linda Zayer, Catherine Coleman

Linda Tuncay Zayer

This research investigates advertising professionals’ perceptions of how gender portrayals impact men and women and how these perceptions influence their strategic and creative choices. Two rounds of qualitative data were collected to examine these issues. Findings reveal professionals’ perceptions about women's vulnerability and men's immunity to the negative consequences of advertising, as well as the societal discourses and institutional dynamics that drive their business decisions. The authors detail four themes with regard to professionals’ conceptualizations of the influence of gender portrayals on consumers and the ethical considerations surrounding such images. Theoretical and managerial implications and consumer welfare ramifications ...


Advertising Creative: Strategy, Copy & Design, Tom Alstiel, Jean Grow Dec 2012

Advertising Creative: Strategy, Copy & Design, Tom Alstiel, Jean Grow

Jean Grow

No abstract provided.