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Twenty-something girls v. thirty-something Sex And The City women: paving the way for ‘post? feminism’?


Nash, MB and Grant, R, Twenty-something girls v. thirty-something Sex And The City women: paving the way for post? feminism'?, Feminist Media Studies, 15, (6) pp. 976-991. ISSN 1471-5902 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/14680777.2015.1050596


Lena Dunham’s cable television series Girls is a candid and comical look at the lives of four young women living in Brooklyn, New York. Following in the footsteps of the earlier post-feminist, womancentred television series, Sex and the City (SATC), Girls explores numerous feminist themes centring on an exploration of what it is like to be a young white woman in contemporary US society. Yet what kind of post-feminist narrative is being constructed in Girls? How is post-feminism deployed in the show? In a comparative analysis of Girls (Seasons 1–2) and SATC (Seasons 1–6), we argue that although both shows certainly exemplify post-feminist culture, they are inflected differently in relation to the representation of sexualities, reproductive "choice," and feminine embodiment. Compared to SATC, we argue that Girls represents a novel approach to representing young US women’s lives on television, re-articulating and re-mobilising existing conceptualisations of postfeminism. To conclude, we propose that the term "post? feminism" may be used to describe Dunham’s version of post-feminism for a millennial generation

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:femininity; gender; popular culture; post-feminism; television
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Cultural studies
Research Field:Screen and media culture
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Nash, MB (Associate Professor Meredith Nash)
UTAS Author:Grant, R (Dr Ruby Grant)
ID Code:101753
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:30
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2015-07-06
Last Modified:2018-04-12

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