Article | Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research | Fame Factory: Performing Gender and Sexuality in Talent Reality Television

Title:
Fame Factory: Performing Gender and Sexuality in Talent Reality Television
Author:
Hillevi Ganetz: Gender Studies at the Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, Stockholm University, Sweden
DOI:
10.3384/cu.2000.1525.113401
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Year:
2011
Volume:
3
Theme:

Independent Articles

Pages:
401-417
No. of pages:
17
Publication type:
Article
Published:
2011-10-25


This article discusses how gender and sexuality are performed in a highly feminised cultural symbolic context. The object of study is a reality show where the contestants compete in mainstream popular music. Fame Factory is a Swedish talent-hunt television series with many similarities to Pop Idol. The audience may follow the struggle of the young artists off stage in the ’Fame School’ in addition to seeing and voting on their feats on stage. In the Fame School they learn to sing, perform and dance, but also to perform masculinity, femininity and sexuality, even if this is not explicit. Through an analysis of some key episodes of this reality show, the article discusses how gender and sexuality are produced and reproduced within this music television context. It is shown how the performances rest on highly traditional conceptions of these categories, but there are also certain transgressions, especially concerning sexuality, which undermine hegemonic structures.

Keywords: Talent reality television; popular music; performance; masculinity; femininity; sexuality

Volume 3, Theme:

Independent Articles

, Article 26, 2011
Author:
Hillevi Ganetz
Title:
Fame Factory: Performing Gender and Sexuality in Talent Reality Television:
DOI:
10.3384/cu.2000.1525.113401
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  • Volume 3, Theme::

    Independent Articles

    , Article 26, 2011
    Author:
    Hillevi Ganetz
    Title:
    Fame Factory: Performing Gender and Sexuality in Talent Reality Television:
    DOI:
    10.3384/cu.2000.1525.113401
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    Citations:
  • Julie Sommerlun & Sara Malou Strandvad (2015). Inhibited Intentionality and Cultural work: Reconsidering Gender and Female Success. Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research, 7(2): 271. DOI: 10.3384/cu.2000.1525.1572271
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