Presentation on theme: "FMS 394: Lesson 12 BRAVE NEW GIRLS?: TEENS, GENDER, AND NEOLIBERALISM IN THE 1990S."— Presentation transcript:
FMS 394: Lesson 12 BRAVE NEW GIRLS?: TEENS, GENDER, AND NEOLIBERALISM IN THE 1990S
What are the major discourses of adolescent femininity that emerge in the 1990s? How do images of and ideas about teen girls get put to use in the service of assuaging broader cultural anxieties? How does this week's screening offer both a critique and affirmation of certain forms of femininity? How does that same film use images of teen girls to critique and affirm society more broadly? GUIDING QUESTIONS
Anxieties About Girls Reviving Ophelia 1994 Schoolgirls 1994 AAUW Study 1995 Riot Grrl DIY Subculture Bikini Kill Bikini Kill GIRL TROUBLES IN THE 1990S
Girl Power Government Initiative starts in 1996 Pop culture refrainrefrain What kind of femininity? Assertive, confident, independent Not necessarily rebellious GIRL POWER AND NEOLIBERAL IDEALS
Contradictions and Ambivalence: Privilege and Empowerment Ignorance and Tolerance “Traditional” and “Modern” Femininity CLUELESS? AS IF!
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