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Openness then seems always already to trump closure and television is defined as a site where ‘the self-sufficiency of the single diegetic world of the traditional realist narrative can never be maintained’ (145). Further, ‘Television’s foregrounding of its own discursive repertoire, its demystification of its own mode of representation, are central characteristics of its producerliness’ (239). In sum, Fiske suggest that the very properties of the medium, it characteristic modes of meaning production on the level of individual texts and the ways in which it is consumed, function fundamentally as alienating or distancing devices.
Qxd 38 20/7/06 11:35 AM Page 38 Phil's G4 Phil's G4:Users:phil:Public Beyond representation Judith Butler put it, involve a ‘contingent essentialism’ that recognises the necessity of ‘provisional instating of an identity category’ but attempts at the same time to open it up ‘as a permanent site of contest’ (see Butler, 1993: 222). Butler’s name is often taken to be synonymous with ‘postmodern feminism’ (also see Chapter 5). In fact her work in Gender Trouble (1990) and Bodies that Matter (1993) functions as corrective to the more ‘utopian’ versions of this thinking, in so far as she points out that at present, taking up one of the sexed positions remains ‘one of the conditions that qualifies a body for life within the domain of cultural intelligibility’ (Butler, 1993: 2).
In June 1998, the cover of Time magazine carried a photograph of celebrated North American feminists, Susan B. ’ If the answer is affirmative, any further critique of terms would seem pointless. Except, as Susan Faludi notes in Backlash, the very same headline featured in the print media in the early 1970s and again in the early 1980s and in fact, similar ‘postfeminist’ sentiments were expressed by journalists in the 1920s, just after women first got the vote in North America and Britain (Faludi, 1992: 70 and 101–5).