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Feminism in Mean Girls

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Lesley Stevenson

on 6 December 2014

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Transcript of Feminism in Mean Girls

social predetermination promotes hyperfemininity
And girl world had a lot of rules
"and Evil takes a human form in regina george."
Regina George is flawless.
Us-versus-Them Society
To-be-looked-at-ness
Entering Girl World
"No, no. You can
not
do that. That is social suicide."
"a liminal time and space between childhood and adulthood where girls rule." (Kathleen R. Karlyn)
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Lesley Stevenson
Gender binaries and feminism
You're a successful, Intelligent, Graceful, Caring woman.
I am?
Female Social Constructions
language creates caricatures
Caricatures of Femininity and Flawed Feminism in
MEAN
GIRLS

Binaries in the vernacular...
revolve around established norms
create social/cultural divisions
mandate behavioral expectations
Feminism should encourage women to resist not only coercion and victimization, but also sexual ignorance, deprivation and fear of difference…

We can begin by examining our own experience, sharing it with each other


Feminism must insist that women are sexual subjects, sexual actors, sexual agents; that our histories are complex and instructive;
that our experience is not a blank, nor a mere repetition of what has been said about us


In doing so, we admit that it is not safe to be a woman, and it never has been.”
Carole Vance Says...
In mean girls...
Feminism must...
combat binaries
support multiplicities
Feminism should encourage women to resist not only coercion and victimization, but also sexual ignorance, deprivation and fear of difference…

We can begin by examining our own experience, sharing it with each other


Feminism must insist that women are sexual subjects, sexual actors, sexual agents; that our histories are complex and instructive;
that our experience is not a blank, nor a mere repetition of what has been said about us


In doing so, we admit that it is not safe to be a woman, and it never has been.”
Vance Says...
"What has been said about us"
constructs and then criticizes the broken community
presents a limited view with broad implications: "
These binaries are at the heart of
Mean Girls
."
Representations of social identity and performance in visual media construct a world that contains only limited, stereotyped lifestyle patterns and people.

This is a world that
Mean Girls
satirizes through
hyper-stereotyped portrayals of high school students
.

These
caricatures intentionally misrepresent
adults and teenagers.
personality types
predetermined place
stratified social structure
the self and the other
Hyperfemininity
Social groups
not based exclusively on gender
rely on gender roles
promote hyperfeminine lifestyle as most successful
Hyperfemininity
an over-the-top, unrealistic commitment to the tenets of accepted female behaviors
"That's Karen Smith. She is one of the dumbest girls you will ever meet."
"Gretchen Wieners knows everybody's business. She knows everything about everyone."
"And evil takes a human form in Regina George. Don't be fooled, because she may seem like your typical selfish, back-stabbing, slut-faced ho-bag. But in reality, she is so much more than that."
ultimate feminine ideal
emblem of hyperfeminine culture
Regina/Cady and Janis/Damien
Ms. Norbury and Mrs. George
"lesbian" as a "character assassination"
visual differences define social interactions, status
the "stand-in mother" vs. the real mother
the miserable single woman vs. suburban mom
"That's just, like, the rules of feminism."
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