Representation in TV Drama‘Feminism or Post- Feminism that is the question...or maybe hyper- sexuality!’ Hi I’m Metrosexual... how about You? Lea Michele from Glee in GQ, 2010
Pink- Stupid Girls (2006)Hilary Clinton? Lindsay Lohan? Which aspirational role models should young girls look up to?
1st Wave- Women’s Suffrage 2nd Wave- Female Identity & Representation- 60s/70s The Suffragettes Feminism The symbol of the Roman goddess Venus is often used to represent the female sex. 3rd Wave- Post Hijacking the female body! Structuralist & Less Dominated by Middle Class White Women (Early 90s)
Highly problematic term...Highlights problems, contradictions with 2nd Wave Feminism Post-Feminism Liz Lemon, 30 RockMiranda Hobbes, Sex and the City Liberation of Female Sexuality? Choices for women...
See www.jezebel.comOf the four women characters on SATC, Miranda is the mostvocal about being a feminist. A lawyer who owns her ownapartment, she is cynical and initially was presented as kindof a misandrist. For a show that was supposed to embodymodern feminism, Miranda was really the only character toopenly profess her feminism and reference the movement inher dialogue. (In one episode she referred to Samantha as a"dime-store Camille Paglia" for her views on prostitution asbeing a legitimate exchange of power.)Miranda Hobbes, Sex and the City
Liz Lemon, 30 Rock "New York third-wave feminist, college-educated, single-and-pretending-to-be- happy-about-it, over- scheduled, undersexed, you buy any magazine that says healthy body image on the cover and every two years you take up knitting for...a week." Star, Alex Baldwin as Jack Donaghy...aconvention of what Thompson refers to as AQT...American Quality Television
Case Study: Melinda Clarke Age 43The O.C. as Julie Cooper Nikita- 2011 Female Representation 40+ Challenging the STEREOTYPE
Hypersexuality(See http://onpoint.wbur.org/2010/10/26/selling-youth-sexuality Consider the symbiotic relationship between selling youth sexuality via Text star persona and advertising Diana Agron, Cory Monteith & Lea Michele from Glee, 2010 (in GQ Magazine)
Symbiotic endorsement Metropolitan + Heterosexual = Metrosexual Exclusive, Stylised branding... ‘Metrosexual man, the single young man with a high disposable income, living or Chris Carmack- The O.C. working in the city (because that’s whereall the best shops are), is perhaps the mostpromising consumer market of the decade. In the Eighties he was only to be found inside fashion magazines such as GQ, intelevision advertisements for Levis jeans or in gay bars. In the Nineties, he’s everywhere and he’s going shopping.’ (Mark Simpson, The Independent, 1994) Salzman helped circulate this idea...
Clooney established his star persona appearing in ER The Rise of the Ubersexual:...as Salzman herself put it proudly, the ubersexual (unlike the metrosexual) "doesnt invite questions about his sexuality"
Hyper-Masculinity: The Sopranos (HBO) The Gangster... ...seeking counseling! The Two Faces of Tony Soprano