Reading Material Culture

  • Susan Smulyan, “Introduction,” Popular Ideologies: Mass Culture at Mid-Century (2007): 1–15
  • Robin Bernstein, “Dances with Things: Material Culture and the Performance of Race,” Social Text Vol. 27, No. 4 (2009): 67–94

Cultural Marxism

  • Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno, “The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception,” Dialectic of Enlightenment (1944): 94–136
  • Walter Benjamin, “Theses on the Philosophy of History,” Illuminations (1940): 253–264

Culture and Meaning

  • Raymond Williams, “Culture Is Ordinary,” The Everyday Life Reader (1958): 91–100
  • Stuart Hall, “Encoding/Decoding,” The Cultural Studies Reader (1973): 90–103

Style and the State

  • Louis Althusser, “Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses (Notes Toward an Investigation),” Lenin and Philosophy and Other Essays (1970): 127–186
  • Dick Hebdige, Subculture: The Meaning of Style (1979): 1–19, 128–133

Cultural Capital

  • Pierre Bourdieu, “The Forms of Capital,” Handbook of Theory and Research for the Sociology of Education (1986): 15–29
  • “Megumi H.” What Not to Wear Season 12, Episode 10 (2013)


  • Marita Sturken, “Introduction,” Tangled Memories: The Vietnam War, the AIDS Epidemic, and the Politics of Remembering (1997): 1–17
  • Steven James Gambardella, “Absent Bodies: The AIDS Memorial Quilt as Social Melancholia,” Journal of American Studies Vol. 45, No. 2 (2011): 213–226


  • Bettina Judd, Patient. (2014)
  • Shankar Vedantam, “Remembering Anarcha, Lucy, and Betsey: The Mothers of Modern Gynecology,” Hidden Brain (2016)
  • Terri Kapsalis, “Retooling the Speculum: Annie Sprinkle’s ‘Public Cervix Announcement,’” Public Privates: Performing Gynecology from Both Sides of the Speculum (1997): 113–134
  • Rebecca Schneider, “Logic of the Twister, Eye of the Storm,” The Explicit Body in Performance (1997): 43–65


  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper (1892)
  • Dolores Hayden, “Domestic Evolution or Domestic Revolution?” The Grand Domestic Revolution (1981): 182–205


  • Sarah Ruhl, In the Next Room (or the vibrator play) (2009)
  • Rachel Maines, “Female Sexuality as Hysterical Pathology,” The Technology of Orgasm (1999): 21–47
  • “The Turtle and the Hare,” Sex and the City Season 1, Episode 9 (1998)
  • Lynn Comella, “Repackaging Sex,” Vibrator Nation: How Feminist Sex-ToyStores Changed the Business of Pleasure (2017): 88–112

Birth Control

  • Laura Briggs, “Demon Mothers in the Social Laboratory: Development, Overpopulation, and ‘the Pill,’ 1940–1960,” Reproducing Empire (2003): 109–141
  • “The Sponge,” Seinfeld Season 7, Episode 9 (1995)
  • Roman Mars, “Repackaging the Pill,” 99% Invisible (2017)


  • Susan Richmond, “Sizing Up the Dildo: Lynda Benglis’ 1974 Artforum Advertisement as a Feminist Icon,” n.paradoxa: international feminist art journal Vol. 15 (2005): 24–34
  • Kai M. Green, “Troubling the Waters: Mobilizing a Trans* Analytic,” No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies (2016): 65–82


  • Linda Williams, “Prehistory: The ‘Frenzy of the Visible’” and “Fetishism and Hard Core: Marx, Freud, and the ‘Money Shot,’” Hard Core (1989): 34–57, 153–183
  • Sisqó, “Thong Song,” Unleash the Dragon (1999)
  • Britney Spears, “Oops! I Did It Again,” MTV Video Music Awards (2000)


  • Ruth Ozeki, My Year of Meats (1999)
  • Donna Haraway, “Awash in Urine: DES and Premarin in Multispecies Response-ability,” Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene (2016): 104–116
  • Roland Barthes, “Steak and Chips,” Mythologies (1957): 62–64


  • Roland Barthes, “Wine and Milk,” Mythologies (1957): 58–61
  • Linda M. Blum, “From $acred to Disembodied Motherhood: Breastfeeding with the Experts and the State,” At the Breast: Ideologies of Breastfeeding and Motherhood in the Contemporary United States (1999): 19–62
  • Phia Bennin, “Milk Wanted,” Reply All (2016)
  • Fergie, “M.I.L.F. $,” Double Dutchess (2016)


  • bell hooks, “Selling Hot Pussy,” Black Looks: Race and Representation (1992): 61–78
  • Mireille Miller-Young, “Introduction, Brown Sugar: Theorizing Black Women’s Sexual Labor in Pornography,” A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women in Pornography (2014): 1–22
  • Nicholas Powers, “Why I Yelled at the Kara Walker Exhibit,” The Indypendent (2014)
  • “Kara Walker’s ‘A Subtlety,’” Creative Time (2014)


  • Wanda Sykes, I’ma Be Me (2009)
  • Linda Mizejewski, “‘White People Are Looking at You!’ Wanda Sykes’s Black Looks,” Pretty/Funny: Women Comedians and Body Politics (2014): 155–189
  • Patricia Hill Collins, “The Politics of Black Feminist Thought,” Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment (1990): 3–18


  • Nan Enstad, “Introduction: Mud in Our French Heels,” Ladies of Labor, Girls of Adventure: Working Women, Popular Culture, and Labor Politics at the Turn of the Twentieth Century (1999): 1–16
  • Frances Negrón-Muntaner, “Celia’s Shoes,” From Bananas to Buttocks: The Latina Body in Popular Film and Culture (2007): 95–116
  • Cardi B, “Bodak Yellow,” Atlantic Records (2017)


  • Rose Eveleth, “Bodyhackers Are All Around You, They’re Called Women,” Fusion (2016)
  • Donna Haraway, “A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century,” Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: The Reinvention of Nature (1991): 5–90