Pop Idols and Gender Contestation

Pop Idols and Gender Contestation - Kimberly Zhang...

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Kimberly Zhang “Pop Idols and Gender Contestation” Reading Pop Stars as Role Models 1. Female pop idols a. Consists of series of adolescent personalities who are commodified as public role models in adolescent fashions and lifestyles i. Appear on television programs, sing melodramatic love songs, dance to preppy electronic tunes, act in dramas b. Hundreds of young people participate in contests hoping to become idols c. Many support groups and fan clubs develop as idol candidates strive to make a career that can be traced through numerous media events and publications d. Many successful idols have become popular abroad, especially in other Asian countries, where various homegrown personalities also emerge to represent local youth cultures 2. Friction with handlers in entertainment industry, sense of themselves as women a. Candidates’ willingness to compromise with image provided by their agency influences the rate at which they acquire performing skills b. Performers had different attitudes towards embracing crafted image of adolescent
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