Feminism and generation are live and ideologically freighted issues that are subject to a substantial amount of media engagement.
The figure of the millennial and the baby boomer, for example, regularly circulate in mainstream media, often accompanied by hyperbolic and vitriolic discourses and effects of intergenerational feminist conflict.
In addition, theories of feminist generation and waves have been, and continue to be, extensively critiqued within feminist theory.
Given the compelling criticisms directed at these categories, we ask: why bother examining and foregrounding issues of generation, intergeneration, and transgeneration in feminist media studies?
While remaining skeptical of linearity and familial metaphors and of repeating reductive, heteronormative, and racist versions of feminist movements, we believe that the concept of generation does have critical purchase for feminist media scholars.
Indeed, precisely because of the problematic ways in which it is used, and its prevalence as a volatile, yet only too palpable, organizing category, generation is in need of continual critical analysis, and is an important tool to be used-with care and nuance-when examining the multiple routes through which power functions in order to marginalize, reward, and oppress.
This book covers a range of media forms: film; games; digital media; television; print media; and practices of media production, intervention, and representation.
The contributors explore how figures at particular stages of life-particularly the girl and the aging woman-are constructed relationally and circulate within media, with particular attention to sexuality.
The book emphasizes exploring the ways in which the category of generation is mobilized in order to gloss sexism, racism, ageism, class oppression, and the effects of neoliberalism.
The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of Feminist Media Studies.