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Spectacular Girls: Media Fascination and Celebrity Culture

Sarah Projansky


As an omnipresent figure of the media landscape, girls are spectacles. They are ubiquitous visual objects on display at which we are incessantly invited to look. Investigating our cultural obsession with both everyday and high-profile celebrity girls, the book explores the diversity of girlhoods in contemporary popular culture. The book addresses two key themes: simultaneous adoration and disdain for girls and the pervasiveness of whiteness and heteronormativity. While acknowledging this context, the book pushes past the dichotomy of the “can-do” girl who has the world at her feet and the trou ... More

Keywords: celebrity girls, girlhoods, whiteness, heteronormativity, feminist media studies, queer girls, girls of color, feminist girls, sexual girls

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780814770214
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814770214.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Projansky, author