Bad Sex and the City? Feminist (Re)Awakenings in HBO’s Girls

Waters, Melanie (2017) Bad Sex and the City? Feminist (Re)Awakenings in HBO’s Girls. In: Reading Lena Dunham's Girls: Feminism, postfeminism, authenticity and gendered performance in contemporary television. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 75-90. ISBN 978-3-319-52970-7

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This chapter argues that Dunham’s Girls (2012-) makes a deliberate attempt to resuscitate second wave debates about female sexual and reproductive autonomy that ‘postfeminist’ fictions had once appeared to lay to rest. By asking what is at stake in the show’s candid treatment of consent and abortion, this chapter not only investigates the controversies that have arisen over Dunham’s feminism, but also argues that it is by identifying what distinguishes Girls from a previous generation of female-centred fictions that we might better understand the evolving currency of feminism in popular culture.

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Subjects: Q300 English studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Humanities
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Depositing User: Melanie Waters
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2017 10:21
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 19:25

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