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Feminism, celebrity and lifestyle in the Australian digital news site Mamamia

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posted on 2017-06-01, 00:00 authored by Hannah GardenHannah Garden, Kim ToffolettiKim Toffoletti
Prompted by claims of feminism’s increased profile in popular media discourse, this article explores where and how feminism appears in the online Australian women’s digital publication Mamamia. As one of the largest and most well known Australian online news networks catering for a female audience, it is emblematic of the kind of mass media cultural product in which popular feminist discourses are said to circulate. Therefore, Mamamia offers a rich site through which to chart where and how feminist themes, agendas and sensibilities manifest in online content directed at female readers, and to investigate the various forms that feminism might take. A content analysis of the site indicates that feminism is depicted positively and that it is invoked in ways that enmesh political/activist agendas with commercialised and celebrity postfeminist forms. In finding that Mamamia publishes content that discusses and engages with feminism in a diversity of ways, we argue for a nuanced understanding of postfeminism that can account for new forms of feminist address and expression in women’s digital media cultures.

History

Journal

Outskirts: feminisms along the edge

Volume

36

Pagination

1-20

Location

Crawley, W.A.

Open access

  • Yes

ISSN

1445-0445

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2017, University of Western Australia

Publisher

University of Western Australia