Women and the White House: Gender, Popular Culture, and Presidential Politics

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Justin S. Vaughn, Lilly J. Goren
University Press of Kentucky, Nov 5, 2012 - Political Science - 330 pages
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The president of the United States traditionally serves as a symbol of power, virtue, ability, dominance, popularity, and patriarchy. In recent years, however, the high-profile candidacies of Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, and Michelle Bachmann have provoked new interest in gendered popular culture and how it influences Americans' perceptions of the country's highest political office.

In this timely volume, editors Justin S. Vaughn and Lilly J. Goren lead a team of scholars in examining how the president and the first lady exist as a function of public expectations and cultural gender roles. The authors investigate how the candidates' messages are conveyed, altered, and interpreted in "hard" and "soft" media forums, from the nightly news to daytime talk shows, and from tabloids to the blogosphere. They also address the portrayal of the presidency in film and television productions such as Kisses for My President (1964), Air Force One (1997), and Commander in Chief (2005).

With its strong, multidisciplinary approach, Women and the White House commences a wider discussion about the possibility of a female president in the United States, the ways in which popular perceptions of gender will impact her leadership, and the cultural challenges she will face.

 

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Contents

1 The Mechanized Gaze
1
2 Puritan or Pit Bull
25
3 Colbert Nation
49
4 Soccer Moms Hockey Moms National Security Moms
75
5 Fact or Fiction
97
6 Gendering the Presidency without Gender in the Presidency
121
7 Its a Mans World
135
8 Sitting with Oprah Dancing with Ellen
163
10 Viral Videos
205
11 High Cultire Popular Culture and the Modern First Ladies
229
12 The First Family
249
13 The Presidential Partnership
269
Acknowledgments
287
Selected Bibliography
291
Contributors
305
Index
311

9 The Checkout Line Perspective
181

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About the author (2012)

Justin S. Vaughn is assistant professor of political science at Boise State University.

Lilly J. Goren is professor of politics and global studies at Carroll University and the editor of You've Come a Long Way, Baby: Women, Politics, and Popular Culture.

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