• Chapter 1: Domesticating Matrimonial Monstrosity: <em>Bridezillas</em> and Narratives of Feminine Containment
  • Chapter 2: The Reality of Televised Motherhood: The Personal Quest and Feminine Test of Kate Gosselin
  • Chapter 3: Marriage, Friendship, and Scandal: Constructing a Typology of Media Representations of Women in <em>Desperate Housewives</em>
  • Chapter 4: Ancient Archetypes in Modern Media
  • Chapter 5: Christian Patriarchy Lite: TLC’s <em>19 Kids and Counting</em>
  • Chapter 6: Punishing Unfaithful Wives and Working Mothers: Messages of Postfeminism in Contemporary Film
  • Chapter 7: Love and Lack: Media, Witches, and Normative Gender Roles
  • Chapter 8: Head Above <em>Water</em>: Applying Nussbaum’s “Capabilities Approach” to Deepa Mehta’s 2005 Film
  • Chapter 9: Feminine Style and Militant Motherhood in Antiwar Discourse: Cindy Sheehan as Grieving Mother and/or Left-Leaning Radical
  • Chapter 10: Grisly Mama: Carnivorous Media Coverage of Sarah Palin
  • Chapter 11: “Stand by Your Man” Revisited: Political Wives and Scandal
  • Chapter 12: “Taking Care of the Children and the Country”: Nancy Pelosi and the Trope of Motherhood in Partisan and Mainstream Media
  • Chapter 13: Local Media Madness: How One City’s Media Helped Perpetuate the Myth of the “Perfect” Coach's Wife
  • Chapter 14: Who’s Framing Whom? Michele Bachmann and the (Primary) Politics of Motherhood
  • Chapter 15: Momtinis, Not Martyrs: Blogs That Recast Motherhood and Muted Groups
  • Chapter 16: Love Thy Mother? Discrepant Constructions of Motherhood in the “Outsmart Mother Nature with Tampax” Campaign
  • Chapter 17: Taking the Audience Perspective: Online Fan Commentary About the Brides of <em>Mad Men</em> and Their Weddings
Alena Amato Ruggerio’s anthology offers a stimulating collection of chapters by scholars who discuss the impact of myths and stereotypes in media portrayals of brides, wives, and mothers. What’s most intriguing and hopeful is its media literacy approach, which neither wholly blames, nor wholly forgives, but rather advocates the empowerment of media consumers through critical thinking and social activism that can replace inappropriate and damaging images and perceptions with ‘equality and justice.’ This collection’s excellent chapters provide road maps for this worthy outcome. —Mary-Lou Galician, author of Sex, Love, and Romance in the Mass Media and associate professor at Arizona State University


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