Dr. Patrick Johnson publishes "It's a Man Thing, Gina": Watching Gender in *Martin*

June 4, 2021
Patrick Johnson

Assistant Professor of American Multicultural Studies, Patrick Johnson publishes “It’s a Man Thing Gina”: Watching Gender in Martin” in Culture, Communication & Critique (2021). Drawing on over two decades of scholarship on television and Black culture as well as focus groups comprised of recent college-student television viewers, Johnson analyzes the ways that the ‘misogynoir’ portrayal of women in Martin (1992-1997) is received by recent viewers who demonstrate a more nuanced critical and cultural vocabulary on gender and race than that which informed popular discourse around the show during the 1990s. Johnson argues for more scholarship on ambivalent reception of Black television and is particularly interested in how Black audiences engage media inherited from previous generations.