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Producing Women

The Internet, Traditional Femininity, Queerness, and Creativity

By Michele White

Routledge – 2015 – 272 pages

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Description

Producing Women examines the ways femininity is produced through new media. Michele White considers how women are constructed, produce themselves as subjects, form vital production cultures on sites like Etsy, and deploy technological processes to reshape their identities and digital characteristics. She studies the means through which women market traditional female roles, are viewed, and produce and restructure their gendered, raced, eroticized, and sexual identities. Incorporating a range of examples across numerous forms of media—including trash the dress wedding photography, Internet how-to instructions about zombie walk brides, nail polish blogging, DIY crafting, and reborn doll production—Producing Women elucidates women’s production cultures online, and the ways that individuals can critically study and engage with these practices.

Contents

Introduction: The Technologies of Producing Women: Femininity, Queerness, and the Crafted Monster

1. Working eBay and Etsy: Selling Stay-at-home Mothers

2. Touching Feeling Women: Reborn Artists, Babies, and Mothers

3. It's about "Creation, Not Destruction": Brides, Photographers, and Post-wedding Trash the Dress Sessions

4. Dead White Weddings: Zombie Walk Brides, Marriages, and How-to Guides

5. Never Cleaning Up: Cosmetic Femininity and the Remains of Glitter

Afterword: A Show of Hands: Franken Polishes, Mannequin Hands, and #ManicureMonday

Author Bio

Michele White is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Tulane University. She teaches Internet and new media studies, film and television studies, visual culture studies, science fiction and technology literature, gender and queer theory, and critical race and postcolonial studies. She is the author of Buy It Now: Lessons from eBay (Duke University Press, 2012) and The Body and the Screen: Theories of Internet Spectatorship (MIT Press, 2006).

Name: Producing Women: The Internet, Traditional Femininity, Queerness, and Creativity (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: By Michele White. Producing Women examines the ways femininity is produced through new media. Michele White considers how women are constructed, produce themselves as subjects, form vital production cultures on sites like Etsy, and deploy technological processes to...
Categories: New Media, Gender Studies - Soc Sci, Media Studies, Gender, Media & Communications, Subcultures, Race & Ethnicity, Popular Culture, Fashion, World Wide Web & Internet, New Media, Cyberspace, Cyberculture, Cultural Theory, Cultural Studies, Feminist Literature & Theory, Gender, Gender Studies, Sociology of Media