Feminist, Queer, and Sexuality Theory

Postfeminism

Postfeminism acts as an antidote to feminism and believes in “the active disavowal of feminism as a necessary politics” (Banet-Weiser, 2018, 153). Feminism is a movement that endorses the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes. Feminism and the fight for gender equality have been around since first-wave feminism began in the late 19thContinue reading “Postfeminism”

Feminist Media Studies

Despite the growth and expansion of the feminist movement throughout the twentieth century, Feminist Media Studies did not become a known paradigm until the late 1970s. Feminist Media Studies uses feminist ideals and principles in researching and analyzing media, focusing on stereotypes, socialization, and ideologies of gender. Feminist media arguably began with the start ofContinue reading “Feminist Media Studies”

Queer Media Studies

Queer media studies are the lens of queer principles and politics to researching media texts, processes, industries, and sociocultural constructions. It is methodologically and theoretically diverse. Specific psychological, political, and cultural codes have elevated heterosexuality to the status of a sexual “given”. Those codes include the fact that initially heterosexuality was used to describe behaviorsContinue reading “Queer Media Studies”

Eroticism

Georges Bataille’s book Erotism: Death and Sensuality discusses eroticism in comparison to death, both as ways to escape discontinuity between beings. He addresses social structure through eroticism, death, and taboo. Bataille draws on the differences that are established between social hierarchies to support his notion that we are discontinuous beings. Discontinuity suggests that everyone isContinue reading “Eroticism”

Postmodern Feminism

Postmodern feminism explores the idea of gendered writing and rejects those concepts. Postmodern feminism can be broken down into postmodernity and feminist theory. Postmodernity traditionally refers to the social, political, technological, and economic changes that have led to a globalization and mass culture (Laughey, 2007). Feminism studies refers to the diverse ideologies and understanding ofContinue reading “Postmodern Feminism”