American Taboo The Forbidden Words Unspoken Rules and Secret Morality of Popular Culture

Author: Lauren Rosewarne
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 0313399344
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America's often-unspoken morality codes make many topics taboo in "the land of the free." This book analyzes hundreds of popular culture examples to expose how the media both avoids and alludes to how we derive pleasure from our bodies. • Analyzes an enormous range of popular culture examples in a lively and highly readable writing style • Identifies and examines 12 separate taboos of the media • Provides interdisciplinary coverage that intersects with a wide variety of subject areas, including cultural studies, philosophy, feminism, and queer culture • Offers not only in-depth descriptions of cultural taboos but also clear explanations of why they exist • Supplies fascinating and useful information for general audiences as well as students and scholars of popular culture, political science, sexuality and gender studies, and sociology

American Taboo

Author: Lauren Rosewarne
Publisher: Praeger Pub Text
ISBN: 9780313399336
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Are Americans more sensitive to male or female full-frontal nudity? America's often-unspoken morality codes make many topics taboo in "the land of the free." This book analyzes hundreds of popular culture examples to expose how the media both avoids and alludes to how we derive pleasure from our bodies. Flatulence, male nudity, abortion, masturbation: these are just a few of the taboo topics in the United States. What do culturally enforced silences about certain subjects say about our society, and our latent fears? This work provides a broad yet detailed overview of popular culture's most avoided topics to explain why they remain off-limits and examines how they are presented in contemporary media, or, in many cases, delicately explored using euphemism and innuendo. The author offers fascinating, in-depth analysis of the meaning behind these portrayals of a variety of both mundane and provocative taboos, and identifies how new television programs, films, and advertising campaigns intentionally violate longstanding cultural taboos to gain an edge in the marketplace. The book: Analyzes an enormous range of popular culture examples in a lively and highly readable writing style ; Identifies and examines 12 separate taboos of the media ; Provides interdisciplinary coverage that intersects with a wide variety of subject areas, including cultural studies, philosophy, feminism, and queer culture ; Offers not only in-depth descriptions of cultural taboos but also clear explanations of why they exist ; Supplies information for general audiences as well as students and scholars of popular culture, political science, sexuality and gender studies, and sociology. From publisher's website.

Analyzing Christmas in Film

Author: Lauren Rosewarne
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 1498541828
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Film plays a vital role in the celebration of Christmas. For decades, it has taught audiences about what the celebration of the season looks like – from the decorations to the costumes and to the expected snowy weather – as well as mirrors our own festivities back to us. Films like It’s a Wonderful Life and Home Alone have come to play key roles in real-life domestic celebrations: watching such titles has become, for many families, every bit as important as tree-trimming and leaving cookies out for Santa. These films have exported the American take on the holiday far and wide and helped us conjure an image of the perfect holiday. Rather than settling the ‘what is a Christmas film?’ debate – indeed, Die Hard and Lethal Weapon are discussed within – Analyzing Christmas in Film: Santa to the Supernatural focuses on the how Christmas is presented on the deluge of occasions when it appears. While most Christmas films are secular, religion makes many cameos, appearing through Nativity references, storylines involving spiritual rebirth, the framing of Santa as a Christ-like figure and the all-importance of family, be it the Holy family or just those gathered around the dining table. Also explored are popular narratives involving battles with stress and melancholy, single parents and Christmas martyrs, visits from ghosts and angels, big cities and small towns, break-ups and make-ups and the ticking clock of mortality. Nearly 1000 films are analyzed in this volume to determine what the portrayal of Christmas reveals about culture, society and faith as well as sex roles, consumerism, aesthetics and aspiration.

Meat Culture

Author: Annie Potts
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004325859
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The analysis of meat and its place in Western culture has been central to Human-Animal Studies as a field. Meat Culture brings into focus urgent critiques of hegemonic ‘meat culture’, animal farming and the wider animal industrial complex.

Masturbation in Pop Culture

Author: Lauren Rosewarne
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 0739183680
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Through reference to over six hundred scenes from film and television—as well as a diverse and cross-disciplinary academic bibliography—Masturbation in Pop Culture investigates the role that masturbation serves within narratives.

Part Time Perverts Sex Pop Culture and Kink Management

Author: Lauren Rosewarne
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 0313391580
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This book offers an erudite yet highly accessible exploration of the presence of sexual perversion in popular culture and its manifestation in everyday life. • A bibliography of over 400 reference-text-based items including books, journal articles, and news items • A media reference list of over 100 films, 100 songs, and 75 television programs referred to in the text

Scientology in Popular Culture Influences and Struggles for Legitimacy

Author: Stephen A. Kent
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1440832501
Format: PDF
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This multidisciplinary study of Scientology examines the organization and the controversies around it through the lens of popular culture, referencing movies, television, print, and the Internet—an unusual perspective that will engage a wide range of readers and researchers. • Discusses Scientology within the framework of popular culture, which is how most people outside the religion come in contact with it • Approaches the study of Scientology from multiple viewpoints, enabling readers to have an informed, multicultural perspective on the religious group's beliefs and practices from which to form their own opinion • Presents information about Scientology derived from one of the largest university archive collections on the subject worldwide, with a number of documents never before having been referenced in scholarship

Cheating on the Sisterhood Infidelity and Feminism

Author: Lauren Rosewarne
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 0313360324
Format: PDF
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Drawing on the author's own experience as "the other woman" in an affair with am otherwise-committed man, this contemporary feminist study is the first to label the role of the two-timing male as "sexual terrorist."

Cyberbullies Cyberactivists Cyberpredators Film TV and Internet Stereotypes

Author: Lauren Rosewarne
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1440834415
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Written by an expert in media, popular culture, gender, and sexuality, this book surveys the common archetypes of Internet users—from geeks, nerds, and gamers to hackers, scammers, and predators—and assesses what these stereotypes reveal about our culture's attitudes regarding gender, technology, intimacy, and identity. • Provides exhaustively researched and richly detailed information about the interplay between media representations of Internet users and gender, politics, technology, and society that is fascinating and fun to read • Presents findings that suggest that in spite of the Internet being so prevalent, technophobia is still an inherent subtext of many pop culture references to it • Considers how the vast majority of the portrayals of Internet user stereotypes are male—and evaluates how these male-dominated roles shape and are shaped by popular attitudes about sexuality, technology, intimacy, and identity • Written by Lauren Rosewarne, a widely published expert in the areas of modern media, popular culture, gender, and sexuality

Fashion Fads Through American History Fitting Clothes into Context

Author: Jennifer Grayer Moore
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1610699025
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Perfect for any reader interested in fashion, history, or popular culture, this text is an essential resource that presents vital information and informed analysis of key fashion fads not found elsewhere. • Provides high school and college students with interesting information about the direct connections between fashion trends and history that is not available elsewhere in a scholarly source • Presents a multi-dimensional approach to understanding the ever-changing fads in the world of fashion, allowing students to recognize the meaning behind clothes and better think critically about what is presented to them through their peers and celebrity culture or sold to them by advertisers • Offers readers easy access to original source material • Supports the national social studies standard CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.7, which requires students to integrate information from diverse sources into an essay on American history