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Maiden USA: Girl Icons Come of Age (Mediated Youth) 1st New edition Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0820481975
ISBN-10: 0820481971
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«An expansive survey of girlhood in contemporary American media culture, ‘Maiden USA’ is a welcome sequel to Susan Douglas’ ‘Where the Girls Are’. Written in a fresh, accessible voice, Sweeney’s insightful explorations of today’s teen girl iconography and impassioned discussions of girls’ media literacy and digital media-making are must-reads for anyone interested in girl culture.» (Mary Celeste Kearney, The University of Texas at Austin; Author of ‘Girls Make Media’)
«This timely and important book illuminates the significance of the powerful but often puzzling pop culture female icons that have arrived on the American scene (and screen) in the past decade. The spirited discussion of the positive alternatives already out there offers real hope and inspiration.» (Jean Kilbourne, Visiting Research Scholar, Wellesley Centers for Women)
«Kathleen Sweeney knows girl culture. Her experience as a filmmaker working directly with teenage girls informs this book with keen insight and authentic observation. She gives us an insider’s peek into the rich landscape of girl media culture from someone who intimately knows the terrain. For anyone wanting to explore this world, this is your road map.» (Malory Graham, Founder and Director of Reel Grrls)
«At a time when girl icons have agency, driving industries the world over, Maiden USA invites those of us invested in ‘ordinary girls’ living and breathing outside the media’s gaze to take action. It reminds us that the tools needed to rebel against the media machines are within girls’ reach. It is our simple job to show them the route and get out of the way. What results is pure magic.» (Purva Panday, Girls’ Programming Consultant)
«‘Maiden USA’ is an insightful book with constructive, practical approaches to media literacy to help girls re-image their true strengths and voices. Parents, educators, and media professionals will benefit from the ideas presented, whether they have teenage daughters, were teenage girls or are interested in current media icons and influences. ‘Maiden USA’ focuses on the majority of girls, who are neither celebrities nor troubled youth. It offers adults ways to encourage girls to believe in themselves in a thoughtful, grounded style. [This is a] book for anyone who cares about girls’ well-being.» (Mara Alper, Media Artist; Associate Professor, Roy H. Park School of Communications, Ithaca College)
«Kathleen Sweeney’s in-depth analysis leads us effortlessly through an exposé of the fabrication of contemporary ‘teen’ and ‘tween’ girl icons. Drawing examples from film, TV, print, the Internet, and ancillary markets, her evocative prose examines the impact the commoditization of the ‘maiden’ image has had on real girls and the collective psyche. Well aware of the mythological power of these cultural signifiers, Sweeney gifts the reader with an unparalleled degree of media literacy.» (Mark Greene, Department of Counseling and Psychology, Hong Kong Shue Yan University)
«In ‘Maiden USA’, Kathleen Sweeney provides an engaging and thoughtful testament to proactive programming for girls that addresses the lack of gender representation behind the camera and in decision-making leadership positions in media.» (Deborah Aubert Thomas, Institute for Women’s Leadership, Rutgers University; Former Associate Director of National Programs, Girls Inc.)

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"An expansive survey of girlhood in contemporary American media culture, Maiden USA is a welcome sequel to Susan Douglas’ Where the Girls Are. Written in a fresh, accessible voice, Sweeney’s insightful explorations of today’s teen girl iconography and impassioned discussions of girls’ media literacy and digital media-making are must-reads for anyone interested in girl culture." Mary Celeste Kearney, The University of Texas at Austin; Author of Girls Make Media

"This timely and important book illuminates the significance of the powerful but often puzzling pop culture female icons that have arrived on the American scene (and screen) in the past decade. The spirited discussion of the positive alternatives already out there offers real hope and inspiration." Jean Kilbourne, Visiting Research Scholar, Wellesley Centers for Women

"Kathleen Sweeney knows girl culture. Her experience as a filmmaker working directly with teenage girls informs this book with keen insight and authentic observation. She gives us an insider’s peek into the rich landscape of girl media culture from someone who intimately knows the terrain. For anyone wanting to explore this world, this is your road map." Malory Graham, Founder and Director of Reel Grrls

"At a time when girl icons have agency, driving industries the world over, Maiden USA invites those of us invested in ‘ordinary girls’ living and breathing outside the media’s gaze to take action. It reminds us that the tools needed to rebel against the media machines are within girls’ reach. It is our simple job to show them the route and get out of the way. What results is pure magic." Purva Panday, Girls’ Programming Consultant

"Maiden USA is an insightful book with constructive, practical approaches to media literacy to help girls re-image their true strengths and voices. Parents, educators, and media professionals will benefit from the ideas presented, whether they have teenage daughters, were teenage girls or are interested in current media icons and influences. Maiden USA focuses on the majority of girls, who are neither celebrities nor troubled youth. It offers adults ways to encourage girls to believe in themselves in a thoughtful, grounded style. [This is a] book for anyone who cares about girls’ well-being." Mara Alper, Media Artist; Associate Professor, Roy H. Park School of Communications, Ithaca College

"Kathleen Sweeney’s in-depth analysis leads us effortlessly through an exposé of the fabrication of contemporary ‘teen’ and ‘tween’ girl icons. Drawing examples from film, TV, print, the Internet, and ancillary markets, her evocative prose examines the impact the commoditization of the ‘maiden’ image has had on real girls and the collective psyche. Well aware of the mythological power of these cultural signifiers, Sweeney gifts the reader with an unparalleled degree of media literacy." Mark Greene, Department of Counseling and Psychology, Hong Kong Shue Yan University

"In Maiden USA, Kathleen Sweeney provides an engaging and thoughtful testament to proactive programming for girls that addresses the lack of gender representation behind the camera and in decision-making leadership positions in media." Deborah Aubert Thomas, Institute for Women’s Leadership, Rutgers University; Former Associate Director of National Programs, Girls Inc.

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Product Details

  • Series: Mediated Youth (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.; 1st New edition edition (January 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0820481971
  • ISBN-13: 978-0820481975
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,602,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C. Johnson on February 22, 2008
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This gem of a book is not only important, informative, and thought-provoking--it's also clever, funny, and downright brilliant. If you have a daughter, or you are one, or you know one--or even if you don't--Maiden USA is an enthralling read. What a splendid job!
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A candid, accessible, brilliant review of girl icons as presented in the media over the past 20 years (with nods to Barbie and a few other earlier famed love/hate icons). While so much academic writing can be abstruse and sometimes even cynical, Kathleen's book is optimistic and readable. Her call for media literacy as an antidote to negative narratives is cogent and smart. Her descriptions of work done by Real Grrls and other girl filmmakers and photographers is inspiring. Required reading for Millenial Girls, their parents, teachers and anyone else who loves media.
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Ooh, Ah! the revelations that abound and resound in Kathleen Sweeney's Maiden USA! Get inspired on media literacy, as racy as it gets from Reel to Real. Discover a fecund treasure map to media awareness, which rouses us all up to the next level of empowered creativity. Kathleen Sweeney is the Goddess Durga of Media, cutting thru swaths of "Eyecon" demons and ignorance about girl identity; she is our media maven, and a media mechanic who regenerates our collective engines. Her wisdom is both fun and transformative.
Sweeney has opened and affirmed these eyes with her smorgasbord of media icons and plenty of truth serum. She reveals who and where we are in the culture of media now, and how to traverse that culture as well as to produce it. This is the "bodymindcentering" of media lit, a true hit with wit and grit to nourish us with its empowering maiden's milk of sanity. Reading it leads to media activism with a myriad of mission and means.
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