Book Launch: Fairy Tales on the Teen Screen

I launched my book, Fairy Tales on the Teen Screen: Rituals of Girlhood, a couple of weeks ago. Making this book has been a lengthy labour of love — it began as my PhD thesis, which I completed in September 2015 — and so seeing it come to fruition and celebrating it with dear friends, family and colleagues…

All Our Feelings About “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life”

In this podcast, Dr Jodi McAlister and I discuss the Netflix series Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (2016). We discuss in detail: the characters, the pop culture references, narrative development, the show’s triumphs and downfalls, and that ending. Let us know your thoughts on Facebook or Twitter! Also obviously: spoiler alert for those…

Outlander Season 2: Problems and Pleasures

In this podcast, Rachel Berryman and I discuss the many problems and pleasures of Outlander season two. Topics include: adaptation, the romance genre, and narrative; the female gaze and spectatorship; and the shifting construction of Jamie as an object of desire. We hope you enjoy it and thank you for listening! CONTENT NOTE: This podcast…

The Female Gaze: A Podcast Discussion with Carmel Cedro

In this podcast, Carmel Cedro and I discuss the female gaze. Topics include: the difference between a male gaze and a female gaze; the importance of this gaze in popular cultural texts; the potential for a fluid female gaze; and the representation of sex, desire and eroticism in contemporary screen media. This podcast ended up…

The threat of the female gaze?

Several months ago, I wrote a brief blog post on tumblr about the female gaze, and recent television series that allow that gaze to look at male bodies as objects of desire. I wrote about how this gaze is not necessarily the inverse of the male gaze, which is predicated on domination and reduction of…

Women’s Fandoms: Unruly Desires, Perverse Pleasures

In fandom, the beloved text or set of texts can be read in many ways: interpretations may conform to the creator’s preferred reading or they may veer off into wilder, more unruly and unexpected territories. The latter is more often the case because fandom necessarily involves a personal reading, a way of tapping into what…

Speak Like a Girl: A Podcast with Megan Falley and Olivia Gatwood

I am so pleased to share this podcast interview that I recorded with Megan Falley and Olivia Gatwood about their interactive feminist spoken word poetry show, Speak Like a Girl. Megan and Olivia also performed two of their incredible poems on the podcast, which was so cool! We discussed poetics and politics; their amazing work…

Ships, Fanfics, and GIFS: A Podcast about Fandom

In this podcast, Dr Jodi McAlister and I discuss the wonderful world of fandoms and fan practices, particularly those that appeal to girls and women as a way of exploring desire and agency. Some of the topics we chat about include: shipping (shipping against the grain or with the grain; anti-ships) ; fan fiction (smut,…

‘But it’s Historically Accurate!’: Why I’m So Done with This Defence

TW: discussion of rape, violence against women The frequency and relish with which ‘historical’ television shows (primarily made by men, for men) fetishistically represent women being brutalised, tortured, and raped by men is disturbing. The ease with which people defend these representations as ‘historically accurate’ is equally disturbing *yeah, I’m looking at you, Game of…

Quality TV’s Gender Problem: A Podcast with Jessica Ford

In this podcast, I chat with PhD candidate Jessica Ford about quality television’s gender problem: why are women’s shows so routinely excluded from the “quality” paradigm? what kinds of discourses of taste and value arise as a result of this? and are there television series that display a ‘feminist sensibility’ that challenges this dominant way…

Virginity Loss Narratives on the Teen Screen

https://teenscreenfeminism.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/virginitylosstsfpodcast.mp3 This week’s podcast discusses the trope of virginity loss in girls’ coming-of-age narratives. We discuss the history of virginity loss narratives, and how they have become so entwined in how our culture thinks about girls’ worth, value, and sexuality. Jodi McAlister and I discussed: what “counts” as virginity loss within a culture organised according…