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Resisting Rape Culture through Pop Culture

Sex After #MeToo
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Resisting Rape Culture through Pop Culture: Sex After #MeToo provides audiences with constructive models of affirmative consent, tender masculinity, and pleasure in popular culture that work to challenge toxic dominant and hegemonic constructions. While numerous scholars have illustrated the many ways mediated culture shape social understandings of sexual violence, this book analyzes texts that might serve to resist rape culture. This project locates how these texts manufacture cinematic or televisual narratives and in turn work to create new realities that encourage cultural and social change. Kelly Wilz analyzes the ways in which we, as a culture, tend to understand sex through visual media and dominant cultural myths, while highlighting productive texts which might serve as a possible corrective to the ways in which sex is ritualized by rules that legitimize violence. Through the lens of productive criticism, Wilz examines how language and dominant ideologies around rape culture and rape myths reinforce systemic violence, and how visual texts might work to reimagine how we might disrupt those ideologies and create new ways to engage in conversations around intimacy and violence. By centering the voices within the #MeToo movement, who actively work to de-normalize sexual assault and abuse, these models provide a useful counter to the deluge of dehumanizing narratives about survivors and sexualized violence. Scholars of pop culture, women's studies, media studies, and social justice will find this book particularly useful.
Kelly Wilz is associate professor of communication studies at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Chapter 1: Models of Affirmative Consent in 13 Reasons Why Chapter 2: Tender Masculinity in Queen Sugar and Man Enough Chapter 3: Intimate Justice via Centering Women's Pleasure in Blockers Chapter 4: Rehumanization in I Am Evidence Conclusions: Imagining Survivor Centered Justice
Resisting Rape Culture through Pop Culture is a powerful examination of the ways in which popular culture can offer resistance to dominant culture by offering positive representations of masculinity and sexuality. Scholars of popular culture, media studies, critical cultural studies and women's and gender studies will find this book useful not only in the way that it engages the wealth of literature relevant to the #MeToo movement, but also in the way that it advocates for representation as a means of resistance. * The Journal of Popular Culture * Now that #MeToo has shone a harsh light on the dark side of sex in America, we need pathways out of the shadows. Resisting Rape Culture Through Pop Culture: Sex After #MeToo sets us on our feet. Centering pop cultural examples that model healthy, equitable, and consensual sexualities, it not only shows us the way; it reveals-blessedly-that we're already well on it. -- Lisa Wade, Occidental College Now that the #MeToo Movement has saturated our culture, there's work to be done to dismantle the systems that created the need for the movement in the first place. In Resisting Rape Culture through Pop Culture: Sex After #MeToo, Kelly Wilz makes her case and provides new, positive models for how we can move forward from here. Through the mediated texts she considers, Wilz shows us visions of a future that include supporting survivors of sexual violence and healthy approaches to consent, pleasure, and masculinity. It's a future I'd very much like to reach. -- Molly Ann Magestro, Miles Community College
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