Publications

  • Why TV Is Good For Kids: Raising 21st Children

    (Pan Macmillan, 2006)

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    My husband Duncan Fine and I wrote this book together as an entertaining and accessible guide to what evidence tells us about children and media. Duncan has written for children’s tv and I’ve researched their media use. We were both concerned about the way parents are constantly made to feel guilty about letting their kids enjoy television and screen media – which in measured and age- appropriate doses is absolutely fine.

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  • Remote Control: New Media, New Ethics

    (Cambridge University Press, 2003)

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    I edited this book with Elspeth Probyn. Together with a range of other writers, we look at the way new media genres and technologies are challenging traditional media ethics.

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  • Bad Girls: The Media, Sex and Feminism

    (Allen and Unwin, 1997)

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    My first book explores debates about how women are portrayed in popular culture and asks whether sexy images are automatically sexist.

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  • The Porn Report

     (Melbourne University Press, 2008)

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    I co-authored The Porn Report with colleagues Alan McKee and Kath Albury. It is grounded in a three year research project we undertook to find out more about who consumes pornography and their attitudes to women and politics generally. In the chapters I wrote I look at the history of censorship in Australia and at how we can detect and prevent child pornography.

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  • Tim Storrier: The Art of the Outsider

    (Craftsman House, 2000)

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    I’ve retained an interest in art since I majored in Fine Arts in my undergraduate degree. This book unpacks the art of Tim Storrier, a painter with an extraordinary talent – for both making and art and generating controversy.

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  • Gotcha: Life in a Tabloid World

    (Allen and Unwin, 1999)

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    This book grew out of my PhD thesis. In it I examine the cult of celebrity that defines modern media and the rise of talk shows, reality tv and scandal driven news.

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  • Alvin Purple

    (Currency Press, 2008)

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    My colleague Jane Mills commissioned me to write this for her Australian Screen Classics series. She asked me to choose a classic movie to write about. I chose Alvin Purple because it was a movie made at a moment when ‘sexual liberation’  was colliding with the growing women’s liberation movement. A fascinating time: Australian society changed radically in the 1970s.

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For a full list of Catharine’s academic publications see her CV


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