Bad Sex and the City? Feminist (Re)Awakenings in HBO’s Girls

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This chapter argues that Dunham’s Girls (2012-) makes a deliberate attempt to resuscitate second wave debates about female sexual and reproductive autonomy that ‘postfeminist’ fictions had once appeared to lay to rest. By asking what is at stake in the show’s candid treatment of consent and abortion, this chapter not only investigates the controversies that have arisen over Dunham’s feminism, but also argues that it is by identifying what distinguishes Girls from a previous generation of female-centred fictions that we might better understand the evolving currency of feminism in popular culture.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReading Lena Dunham's Girls: Feminism, postfeminism, authenticity and gendered performance in contemporary television
EditorsMeredith Nash, Imelda Whelehan
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-52970-7
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jul 2017


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