Despite its wide-ranging influence, popular culture was not afforded any serious academic attention until the early 1990s with the development of cultural studies as a means of studying popular culture's influence on culture and society. Popular culture plays a significant role in constructing social identities and reinforcing dominant ideologies surrounding gender, race, sexuality, and class. Popular culture may also have the capacity to subvert those dominant ideologies. Much more than just entertainment or information, forms of popular culture such as television, film, advertising, pornography, literature, the internet, and music videos are complex sites of gender performance, gender role socialization, as well as the sexual and racial objectification of women. In some instances, they are also sites of resistance to negative representations and objectification, as well as sites where gender identity can be renegotiated. This course will engage in a critical analysis of the roles and representations of women and girls in a various forms of popular culture, and examine the real repercussions of those representations. We will consider the ways in which representations of women question or reproduce values and meanings associated with femininity, race, and sexuality. We will also consider debates within feminism and cultural studies surrounding women's positions as subjects, consumers, participants, and producers of popular culture. In analyzing these topics, the course will be attentive to the intersectionality of race, class, gender, and sexuality in popular culture.