Making fun of feminism: British television comedy and the second wave

White, Rosie (2023) Making fun of feminism: British television comedy and the second wave. Feminist Media Studies, 23 (3). pp. 1142-1156. ISSN 1468-0777

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This paper addresses the representation of second wave feminism in two mainstream comedy shows starring male comedians. Scott On … (BBC 1964–74) and a sketch narrative which featured in the 1980 season of The Two Ronnies (BBC 1971–1986) brought feminism into family living rooms. While these shows make fun of feminism they also represent key aspects of the second wave, often echoing debates taking place in the women’s liberation movement. Despite their conservative politics Scott On … and The Two Ronnies put feminist ideas on screen in the 1970s and early 1980s; they represent a mainstream resistance and response to the second wave activism which was changing the British social and political landscape. Such shows make fun of feminist politics, yet in doing so they register and refract feminist debates.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: television, comedy, feminism, second wave, British
Subjects: P900 Others in Mass Communications and Documentation
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Humanities
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2021 09:51
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2023 08:30

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