Gender & Popular Culture

For WGST 250 Gender and Popular Culture, I kept a weekly journal in which I used media examples and my personal experiences to reflect on how gender relates to the cultural processes of production, representation, and consumption. For example, I used Disney’s The Little Mermaid to take a closer look at audiences’ relationships with media texts and Buffy the Vampire Slayer to talk about third wave feminism.

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Journal #1 • What is popular culture?

Journal #2 • Introducing terms and concepts

Journal #3 • Indigenous Representation

Journal #4 • Gender and Cultural Production

Journal #5 • Social change in the 1960s-70s

Journal #6 • The 90’s: Buffy, zines, and the third wave

Journal #7 • Representing Women

Journal #8 • Representing Men

Journal #9 • Queer/Non-Binary Representation

Journal #10 • Consuming Popular Culture

Journal #11 • Gender, Pop Culture & Space/Place

media critics on YouTube

Along the way, I referenced a number of online creators who take a critical look at popular culture and media texts. Here are a few of my favourites:

Anita Sarkeesian and Feminist Frequency
Matt Guion aka bandgeek8408
Jonathan McIntosh and the Pop Culture Detective Agency
Lindsay Ellis (formerly The Nostalgia Chick)