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“I need some muscle”: U. of Missouri media professor tries to run the press off campus

November 10, 2015

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Unforgettable moments at a public  university with the oldest and one of the most esteemed journalism schools in America:

“You need to get out, you need to get out!”

“No, I don’t.”

“You need to get out!”

“I actually don’t.”

“All right. Hey, who wants to help me get this reporter out of here? I need some muscle over here!”

And yup, irony of delicious ironies, 44-year-old Melissa Click, the screamer for “muscle” to remove a member of the media covering a student protest in a public  place on campus, is actually a communications professor at the University of Missouri!


Click’s academic career is a news story in itself:

“According to her bio on the University of Missouri website, Melissa Click specializes in ‘audience studies, theories of gender and sexuality, and media literacy’:

“Her research interests center on popular culture texts and audiences, particularly texts and audiences disdained in mainstream culture. Her work in this area is guided by audience studies, theories of gender and sexuality, and media literacy. Current research projects involve 50 Shades of Grey readers, the impact of social media in fans’ relationship with Lady Gaga, masculinity and male fans, messages about class and food in reality television programming, and messages about work in children’s television programs.”

“Click’s dissertation for her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst was about the ‘commodification of femininity, affluence and whiteness in the Martha Stewart phenomenon,’ according to her CV. You can read the full dissertation here.”

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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One Comment
  1. Lastango permalink

    I’d be fascinated to disocver what Dr. Melissa Click knows about femininity.

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