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Barren Or Bountiful?: Analysis Of Cultural Values In Popular Media Representations Of Infertility, Brooke Weihe Edge Jan 2015

Barren Or Bountiful?: Analysis Of Cultural Values In Popular Media Representations Of Infertility, Brooke Weihe Edge

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Infertility and infertility treatments appear more often on TV and film today than in prior generations. One might believe that because the infertility experience is represented more frequently in popular media that the surrounding culture is more comfortable with supporting infertile men and women as they navigate their condition and potentially pursue treatment or adoption. This may be the case, but is not the only simple answer. Upon analysis, questions arise regarding how assisted reproductive technology is depicted—as opportunity or threat—and what the women who employ it look like. Are women identified in popular media as infertile of ...


The Politics Of Mediating Female Sexual Subjectivity: Feminist Pornography And The Production Of Cultural Variation, Rachael Anne Liberman Jan 2013

The Politics Of Mediating Female Sexual Subjectivity: Feminist Pornography And The Production Of Cultural Variation, Rachael Anne Liberman

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Over the last thirty years, feminist pornography has steadily grown as a filmic genre that stands in opposition to the formulaic sexual discourse produced by the mainstream pornography industry. This emergent genre, known for its resistive interest in constructing diverse portrayals of female sexuality, operates at various controversial intersections—including feminism and pornography—and is slowly beginning to penetrate popular culture. This dissertation aims to account for a descriptive gap in porn studies and feminist media studies literature, and most importantly, works to theorize the cultural impact of this genre as a discursive attempt to mediate female sexuality within conventional ...