|Chapter title||The cultural politics of being a knob|
|Editors||Bennett, P. and McDougall, J.|
This chapter is a meditation on the popularity of the BBC TV motoring show Top Gear. Contrary to analyses that read Top Gear as a straightforward expression of casual sexism, it argues that the show (and the culture it exemplifies) can alternatively be read as having been modified in important ways by feminist critique. The chapter argues that feminism’s influence has changed the character of the phallus, that symbolic manifestation of masculinist authority, but that it nevertheless survives and is reinvigorated in our contemporary culture by masquerading as a ‘knob’.
|Book title||Barthes' "Mythologies" Today: Readings of Contemporary Culture|
|Year||18 Jun 2013|
|Published||18 Jun 2013|
|Place of publication||London|
|Web address (URL)||http://www.taylorandfrancis.com/books/details/9780415821223/|