Libby Nutt Williams
Annual Colloquium - 2003
Doing and Undoing Women Gender Construction in Global Mediascapes
Sherrie A. Inness
Department of English
Miami University in Ohio
A prolific author on subjects as wide-ranging as kitchen cultures, girls' cultures, and women, gender, and popular culture, Inness has published numerous journal articles and 13 books, including the popular Tough Girls: Women Warriors and Wonder Women in Popular Culture and the forthcoming Disco Divas: Women, Gender, and Popular Culture in the 1970s.
In "'Chicks Who Kick Butt': The New World of the Action Heroine," Dr. Inness will talk about the influence of "tough women" in contemporary media and will suggest that, even though the strongest depictions of women in the medium of television-like the "pseudo-tough" women of the popular 1970's television program Charlie's Angels-might undermine gender stereotype, they nevertheless reaffirm stereotype in complicated ways. "Has the increased number of tough women in popular culture," Inness queries, "suggested new forms of empowerment for women, or exactly the opposite?"