From the Dance Hall to Facebook: Teen Girls, Mass Media, and by Shayla Thiel-Stern

By Shayla Thiel-Stern

From the times of the penny press to the modern global of social media, journalistic money owed of youngster ladies in difficulty were a mainstay of the U.S. information media. frequently the tales signify those ladies as both sufferers or whores (and occasionally both), utilizing journalistic storytelling units and news-gathering practices that query ladies’ skill to accomplish femininity appropriately, particularly as they act in public leisure area. those media money owed of intended misbehavior may end up in ethical panics that then extra silence the voices of young children and younger women.

In From the Dance corridor to fb, Shayla Thiel-Stern takes a detailed examine a number of historic snapshots, together with working-class ladies in dance halls of the early 1900s; women’ song and box groups within the Nineteen Twenties to Nineteen Forties; Elvis Presley fanatics within the mid-1950s; punk rockers within the overdue Seventies and early Eighties; and ladies utilizing the net within the early twenty-first century. In every one case, problems with gender, socioeconomic prestige, and race are explored inside of their old context. The ebook argues that by means of marginalizing and stereotyping teenager ladies over the last century, mass media have perpetuated a trend of gendered obstacle that eventually limits the cultural and political strength of the younger women it covers.

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John B. ” The Women’s Club planned to start its own girls-only dance hall that would be patrolled by chaperones and held only during daylight hours. ” Mrs. Sherwood, in speaking for the club, noted that it was not dancing that they opposed: “Few persons—even those who are opposed to it—think there is anything wrong in dancing itself. ” In other words, dancing in private (and dancing among other women) was not necessarily the problem; rather, the sexuality associated with dancing with a male partner was their concern.

Arguably, the news frame associated with working-class girls going to dance halls to have fun dancing was not considered to be newsworthy. The news frame that positioned dance halls as dangerous public space probably was far better at selling papers. In some ways news stories in the early twentieth century resemble journalistic storytelling conventions in contemporary times—for example, the way that facts appear in order of importance and are illustrated with quotations. But certain differences exist that make stories from the period unique.

Despite lacking the political power of the vote, women were increasingly in the public eye, due to the suffrage movement and to the growing acceptance of women’s participation in the workplace, civic clubs, and leisure pursuits. S. society. 6 Many people connected women being in public with women who walked on the streets as prostitutes. Further, many people were concerned that girls and women who went into public urban spaces would be victimized. This connection is visible in a 1905 story in the Minneapolis Tribune about how a Christian preacher and his wife entered a dance hall with the hope of evangelizing the people inside.

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