701-10-rg2mw - READING GUIDE II Gender and Mass Media...

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READING GUIDE II Gender and Mass Media Reading Response for Wednesday, September 29: “Deconstruct the prom as a fairy tale using Lieberman’s theory as your mechanism of analysis. Amy Best, From Prom Night: Youth, Schools and Popular Culture 1. What does Best mean when she refers to the prom as “a feminine space” (35). 2. What is the inherent contradiction or paradox of the prom? What is at stake? 3. What does John Berger (37) mean when he says “A woman must continually watch herself. She is almost always accompanied by her own image of herself.”? What role does this play on “Prom Night”? 4. Based on the interviews Best includes, is femininity something that girls simply pos- sess, or is it something that must be undertaken and created? Explain. 5. In what ways does the prom reinforce traditional gender definitions/roles and patri- archal structure? Marcia Lieberman, “Someday My Prince Will Come” 1. What does Lieberman claim fairy tales do? 2.
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