Discourse & Identity I & II (Discussion)

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Television emphasizes four components of feminism:

  1. "Image of women" feminist criticism
  2. gendered viewing
  3. gender identity
  4. third-wave feminism

Group 3: If you were an analyst using the "image-of-women" approach to analyzing TV, what would you have to say about the episodes of Designing Women and The Real World and the Justify My Love music video?

Group 4: If your group were using the "gendered viewing" approach, what would you have to say about the episodes of Designing Women and The Real World and the Justify My Love music video? How would you analyze the actual viewing of these television texts last week? Use your group itself as a test case.

Groups 5 & 1: If you were an analyst using the "gender identity" approach to analyzing TV, specifically Judith Butler's idea of gender identity as "performative", what examples of this would you draw from the episodes of Designing Women and The Real World and the Justify My Love music video? That is, cite an example of women performing gender roles in each of these three television texts.

  • Ann Kaplan writes, the video for Justify My Love "forces the spectator to question the boundaries of gender constructs and the cultural constraints on sexual themes and sexual fantasies" (Television, p. 417). Explain. Do you agree or disagree?

Groups 6 & 2: If you were third-wave feminist, what would you have to say about the episodes of Designing Women and The Real World and the Justify My Love music video?

Casts

Real World

  • Julie
  • Heather
  • Becky
  • Andre
  • Norman
  • Kevin
  • Eric

Designing Women

  • Anthony Bouvier (Meshach Taylor)
  • Mary Jo Shively (Annie Potts)
  • Allison Sugarbaker (Julia Duffy)
  • Carlene Frazier Dobber (Jan Hooks)
  • Julia Sugarbaker (Dixie Carter)

Bibliography

  1. Jeremy G. Butler, Television: Visual Storytelling and Screen Culture (NY: Routledge, 2018).

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