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Women on Ice, Feminist Essays on the Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan Spectacle

Women on Ice, Feminist Essays on the Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan Spectacle by Baughman, Cynthia 0415911516 9780415911511
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The attack on Nancy Kerrigan at the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit set the stage for a Winter Olympics spectacle: Tonya Harding versus Nancy Kerrigan. More than the war of genocide in Bosnia and President Clintons first trip to Europe, more than David Lettermans mothers interview with the First Lady, these two young women were the center of a media frenzy that fascinated and repulsed millions of spectators. Women On Icecollects the writings of a diverse group of feminists who address and question our national obsession with Tonya and Nancy and what this tells us about perceptions of women in twentieth century America. Some of the essays focus on the events themselves--thehit on Nancy Kerrigan, a beautiful young woman from a good family; the life of struggle for Tonya Harding, a beer-drinking, pick-up driving working class woman; and how the attack on Kerrigan pitted the two women against each other, setting the stage for an Olympic showdown. Otheressays look at the ways the events were packaged, reported and received.Women on Iceexplores a number of disturbing issues raised by the Kerrigan/Harding incident: the roles women are expected to uphold in public; the price that is paid for violating our notions of femininity; American fantasies of social class and upward mobility; the role of the family; and the ways in which the media reaffirm stereotypes of gender and culture. Women on Iceis a timely collection that takes on the image of two kinds of women, good and bad, virgin daughter and slut. The contributors insightful analyses help us to understand the deeper meaning of the Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan incident and what this tells us about the conditions of femininity and feminism in America. Contributors:Cynthia Baughman, Stacey DErasmo, Zillah Eisenstein, Abigail M. Feder, Jane Feuer, Sandy Flitterman-Lewis, Nicole Gantshar, Marjorie Garber, Laura Jacobs, Ellyn Kestnbaum,Marsha Kinder, Judith Mayne, Helena Michie, Diane Raymond, Lynn Spigel, Samuel J. Stoloff, Jill Swenson, Melanie Thernstrom, Robyn Weigman, Mimi White, Patricia R. Zimmerman, Lynda Zwinger

Author: Baughman, Cynthia

Language: English

Edition: 1

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 304

Publisher: Routledge

Publication Date: 1995-10-17

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