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Spectacular GirlsMedia Fascination and Celebrity Culture$
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Sarah Projansky

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814770214

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814770214.001.0001

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Girlhood Rethought

(p.217) Conclusion
Spectacular Girls

Sarah Projansky

NYU Press

This concluding chapter elaborates on the book's responses to ubiquitous white girlhood: first, it draws on empirical methods to document the dominance of white heteronormative girls in media and second, it then turns away from those girlhoods to highlight the many other girls who appear within media culture. The book addresses the mean girl, the hyper-sexualized girl, the vulnerable white middle-class girl (Ophelia), the “postrace” black girl, the gamma girl, the crash-and-burn girl, and the girl star/celebrity—all of which are either adored or abhorred. However, this is only part of the picture as other girls populate U.S. media culture: mixed race girls, feminist girls, girls who express rational anger, girl media critics, queer girls, girls who discuss and think about abortion, girls who take pleasure in the movement of their own bodies, and girls who stand up to violent men. These alternative girls are at the center of the definition of spectacular girls.

Keywords:   girlhood, white heteronormative girls, girl celebrity, mixed race girls, feminists, queer girls, girl media critics, media culture, alternative girls

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