Sex, Love, and Romance in the Mass Media: Analysis and Criticism of Unrealistic Portrayals and Their Influence
Author(s): Mary-Lou Galician
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New Third Edition Now Available!
This pioneering research-based yet accessible text is a valuable tool in media analysis and criticism that has been used by thousands of students, educators, and media literacy advocates.
The book’s multidisciplinary perspective is grounded in Galician’s unique Seven-Step approach and centered around 12 unhealthy but widely portrayed media Myths and stereotypes paired with 12 counteracting antidotal Prescriptions that encapsulate the literature's healthy relationship strategies rarely portrayed by the media. Readers learn how to identify, deconstruct, evaluate, resist, and reframe Myth-laden media texts, clarify their own values, and share their insights.
Although critical of unrealistic portrayals and the damage they can cause unaware media consumers, the author—a media literacy advocate—is not anti-media. Her goal is to empower consumers to “use the media instead of having the media use you.”
The NEW third edition of Sex, Love, and Romance in the Mass Media:
- Is Practical! It covers foundational theories and practical applications of analysis and criticism of mass media portrayals of sex, love, and romance from a media literacy framework.
- Is Comprehensive! The content has been extensively revised (providing enhanced clarification of the central concepts and key components--and their application).
- Is Up-To-Date! The material has been updated and expanded with 140 exemplary classic and recent media portrayals and 50 new research studies.
Before You Begin to Read This Book, Take Dr. FUN’s Mass Media Love Quiz©
Why I Wrote This Book for You
The Why, What, and How of This Book
PART I: Foundations of Analysis & Criticism of Sex, Love, & Romance in the Mass Media
KEY FOUNDATIONAL TERMS & CONCEPTS
What Do They Mean?
ILLUSIONS (UNREALISTIC MODELS)
Myths & Stereotypes of Sex, Love, & Romance that Ruin Real-life Relationships
DIS-ILLUSIONS (REALISTIC MODELS)
Prescriptions (Rxs) for Happier & Healthier Sex, Love, & Romance
MASS MEDIA NARRATIVE CONSTRUCTIONS
Mass Media Storytelling Approaches, Techniques, & Devices
THE INFLUENCE OF MASS MEDIA
Research & Theories of Mass Media Effects on Individuals & Society
STRATEGIES & SKILLS OF MEDIA LITERACY
Tools for Media Analysis & Criticism
PART II: Applications of Analysis & Criticism of Sex, Love, & Romance in the Mass Media
DR. FUN’S MASS MEDIA LOVE QUIZ MYTH #1
Your perfect partner is cosmically destined, so nothing/nobody can ultimately separate you.
Dr. Galician’s Prescription #1
Rx #1: CONSIDER COUNTLESS CANDIDATES.
DR. FUN’S MASS MEDIA LOVE QUIZ MYTH #2
There’s such a thing as “love at first sight.”
Dr. Galician’s Prescription #2
Rx #2: CONSULT YOUR CALENDAR AND COUNT CAREFULLY.
DR. FUN’S MASS MEDIA LOVE QUIZ MYTH #3
Your true soul mate should KNOW what you’re thinking or feeling (without your having to tell).
Dr. Galician’s Prescription #3
Rx #3: COMMUNICATE COURAGEOUSLY.
DR. FUN’S MASS MEDIA LOVE QUIZ MYTH #4
If your partner is meant for you, sex is easy and wonderful.
Dr. Galician’s Prescription #4
Rx #4: CONCENTRATE ON COMMITMENT AND CONSTANCY.
DR. FUN’S MASS MEDIA LOVE QUIZ MYTH #5
To attract and keep a man, a woman should look like a model or a centerfold.
Dr. Galician’s Prescription #5
Rx #5: CHERISH COMPLETENESS IN COMPANIONS (NOT JUST THE COVER).
DR. FUN’S MASS MEDIA LOVE QUIZ MYTH #6
The man should NOT be shorter, weaker, younger, poorer, or less successful than the woman.
Dr. Galician’s Prescription #6
Rx #6: CREATE COEQUALITY; COOPERATE.
DR. FUN’S MASS MEDIA LOVE QUIZ MYTH #7
The love of a good and faithful true woman can change a man from a “beast” into a “prince.”
Dr. Galician’s Prescription #7
Rx #7: CEASE CORRECTING AND CONTROLLING; YOU CAN’T CHANGE OTHERS (ONLY YOURSELF).
DR. FUN’S MASS MEDIA LOVE QUIZ MYTH #8
Bickering and fighting a lot mean that a man and a woman really love each other passionately.
Dr. Galician’s Prescription #8
Rx #8: COURTESY COUNTS: CONSTANT CONFLICTS CREATE CHAOS.
DR. FUN’S MASS MEDIA LOVE QUIZ MYTH #9
All you really need is love, so it doesn’t matter if you and your lover have very different values.
Dr. Galician’s Prescription #9
Rx #9: CRAVE COMMON CORE-VALUES.
DR. FUN’S MASS MEDIA LOVE QUIZ MYTH #10
The right mate “completes you”—filling your needs and making your dreams come true.
Dr. Galician’s Prescription #10
Rx #10: CULTIVATE YOUR OWN COMPLETENESS.
DR. FUN’S MASS MEDIA LOVE QUIZ MYTH #11
In real life, actors and actresses are often very much like the romantic characters they portray.
Dr. Galician’s Prescription #11
Rx #11: (DE)CONSTRUCT CELEBRITIES.
DR. FUN’S MASS MEDIA LOVE QUIZ MYTH #12
Since mass media portrayals of romance aren’t “real,” they don’t really affect you.
Dr. Galician’s Prescription #12
Rx #12: CALCULATE THE VERY REAL CONSEQUENCES OF UNREAL MEDIA.
The End Can Be the Beginning of a Genuine Happily-Ever-After
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