Media-Tions: Forays into the Culture and Gender Wars

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The Three Faces
of Amy Fisher

Much has been made of the astounding fact that between 100 and 125 million people—roughly half the U.S. population—watched at least one of the three made-for-TV movies about 17-year-old Long Island high school student Amy Fisher's shooting of Mary Jo Buttafuoco, the wife of her 36-year-old alleged lover and pimp, Joey. They aired during the week of December 28, 1992 to January 3, 1993. (The CBS version ran twice more on the USA network.)

This, we were told, was proof that sleaze and idiocy are what "the people" with our mashed-potato brains and polyester souls "want to see" in the wonderful free market of ideas and images called commercial television. But while sleaze was certainly what viewers got that week, there is no reason to conclude that that is what they wanted.

The Fisher/ Buttafuoco case raised several increasingly important issues, among them the sexual and economic exploitation of teenag

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Table of contents

  • Media-Tions - Forays into the Culture and Gender Wars *
  • Contents *
  • Acknowledgements *
  • Introduction *
  • Hollywood's Women *
  • Fatal Attraction and the Backlash *
  • Hollywood's Mid-1980s Feminist Heroines *
  • Do 1950s Values Tempt 1990s Women? *
  • Privileging Patriarchy at the Movies *
  • Lesbian Interventions *
  • Madonna's Feminist Challenge *
  • Hollywood's Year of the Woman *
  • Centralizing Feminism: Thelma and Louise *
  • Hollywood's Families 66
  • The American Family and the American Dream *
  • Youth Cult Films *
  • Yuppie Horror Films *
  • Family Troubles: Woody Allen and Rachel Kingsley *
  • Hollywood's Men *
  • Romanticizing Male Violence *
  • The Fantasy Boys of Summer *
  • Rich White Men of Fiction *
  • Outing Hollywood *
  • My Own Private Idaho and Longtime Companion *
  • Tennesse Williams *
  • Gender on Television 136
  • Made-For-Tv Movies: the Domestication of Social Issues *
  • A Family Affair *
  • The Year of the Young: Beverly Hills 90210 and Others *
  • The Three Faces of Amy Fisher *
  • Sex, Commercials, and Rock 'N' Roll *
  • Lifestyles, Trends, and Trash *
  • Daytime Soaps: Where Time Stands Still *
  • The Politics of Soap Operas *
  • Solace in Soapland *
  • Oprah, Phil, and Sally *
  • Romance Novels and Female Fantasy *
  • Tupperware and Women *
  • Hooked on a Feeling *
  • Needed: A Radical Recovery *
  • American Nightmare *
  • Contested Feminisms *
  • The Future of Motherhood *
  • The Second Time Around? *
  • Pleasure and Danger *
  • Backlash, the Beauty Myth, and Responses *
  • Girls Just Wanna Have Fun *
  • Feminism and Media in an Age of Reaction *
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