The eight essays contained in Philosophical Feminism and Popular Culture explore the portrayal of women and various philosophical responses to that portrayal in contemporary post-civil rights society. The essays examine visual, print, and performance media-stand-up comedy, movies, television, and a blockbuster trilogy of novel. These philosophical feminist analyses of popular culture consider the possibilities, both positive and negative, that popular culture presents for articulating the structure of the social and cultural practices in which gender matters, and for changing these practices if and when they follow from, lead to, or perpetuate discrimination on the basis of gender. The essays bring feminist voices to the conversation about gender and attests to the importance of feminist critique in what is sometimes claimed to be a post-feminist era.
Sharon Crasnow is Professor of Philosophy at Norco College in Southern California. She is a co-editor (with Anita M. Superson) of Out from the Shadows: Analytical Feminist Contributions to Traditional Philosophy (Oxford University Press 2012). Her current research is focused on feminist epistemology and philosophy of science, science and values, and epistemological questions relevant to the methodology in the social sciences. Joanne Waugh is the American Foundation for Greek Language and Culture Professor of Greek Culture and Director of its Interdisciplinary Center of Hellenic Studies at the University of South Florida. She is also a member of the Department of Philosophy and serves as its director of Graduate Studies.
Table of Contents Introduction: Philosophers and Popular Culture Chapter 1: The Seriously Erotic Politics of Laughter: Bitches, Whores, and Other Fumerists Chapter 2: Black Female Crossover Comedy: Intersections of Race, Gender, and Freedom Chapter 3: Pregnancy as Choice and Excess Chapter 4: So Whatever Happened to Those Philosopher Queens? Plato and Feminism in Sex and the City Chapter 5: Power and Aggression: Reflections on the Women of Battlestar Galactica Chapter 6: Why Does Mad Men Make Us So Mad? Chapter 7: The Girl Who Made Us Think About Anatomy Chapter 8: Who's Afraid of Naomi Wolf? Feminism in Post-Feminist Fashion About the Contributors