The season of the vagina : a third-wave feminist analysis of the television series New girl and Girls

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dc.contributor.advisor McCauliff, Kristen L., 1979- Tully, Meg E. (Margaret E.) 2013-05-10T16:21:50Z 2013-05-10T16:21:50Z 2013-05-04 2013-05-04
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines two of the female-driven sitcoms from the 2011-2012 season, New Girl and Girls. I analyze both series from a third-wave feminist perspective, looking at how each series portrays its respective lead character, Jess and Hannah, and how each series portrays funny women in general. Through these analyses, I ultimately argue that Jess on New Girl represents a much more promising feminist icon than Hannah on Girls. This is mainly because Jess is driven by self-love and self-confidence while Hannah is so defined by her self-hatred that she becomes difficult for viewers to relate. Most disappointingly, I find that female-driven sitcoms use humor as a weapon to discipline its characters.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Communication Studies
dc.description.tableofcontents Literature review -- Critical orientation -- New girl : feminist role model or just another manic pixie dream girl? -- Girls : the future of television or whiny, selfish, entitled brats?
dc.subject.lcsh Women on television.
dc.subject.lcsh Feminist television criticism.
dc.subject.lcsh Third-wave feminism.
dc.subject.other New girl (Television program)
dc.subject.other Girls (Television program)
dc.title The season of the vagina : a third-wave feminist analysis of the television series New girl and Girls en_US Thesis (M.A.)

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