The Representation of Teen Girlhood in 13 Reasons Why

In this podcast, Rachel Berryman and I discuss the representation of girlhood and teenagehood in the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why (2017). In particular, we discuss issues related to representations of girls’ relationships with social media and technology; how Hannah’s point of view is focalised through the prism of Clay’s emotions and perspective; and the…

Queer Girls Onscreen: A Conversation with Emily Chandler

In the latest Teen Screen Feminism podcast, I spoke with PhD candidate Emily Chandler about the representation of queer girls in popular media. We discussed some of the central tropes used to represent queer girls; queer subtext; resistant and transformative spectatorship practices; and some of the developments in representing queer girls in the media over…

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…

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…

When is a Girl “Good Enough?”: Quote of the Day

Valerie Walkerdine writes that in girl’s narratives the prince’s arrival is ‘attractive precisely because it is the getting and keeping of the man which in a very basic and crucial way establishes that the girl is “good enough”…It is because getting a man is identified as a central resolution to problems of female desire that…

Documentary Recommendation: Don’t Need You – The Herstory of Riot Grrrl

Fantastic documentary about the Riot Grrrl movement available to watch on YouTube. I showed a clip from this documentary to my students in our discussion about the political importance of love between women. The women and men interviewed in this documentary provide some great insights into the period during which Riot Grrrl emerged, as well…

Girl Leaders, Authority, and Power on “The 100”

Dominant cultural constructions of girlhood require girls to fall into line with adult regulations and authority, and closely monitor girls for any deviations from this conformity. Therefore, narratives like The 100 that provide a counter discourse to this are important for a feminist reading of the teen screen, and its potential to articulate an oppositional…

Reign & The Problem of Representation: “Acts of War”

I watched Reign’s most recent episode, ‘Acts of War’ yesterday and I’m still in the process of thinking through the issues it raised, but I also wanted to write a little bit about it now. At first, I thought that the representation of Mary’s rape might open up an important discourse about the systemic exploitation…

My Favourite Pretty Little Liars Movie References

Pretty Little Liars is a series that is very self-conscious about the detective genre’s cinematic past, with its many references to film noir and the cinema of Alfred Hitchcock. What is most interesting about these references is that they recast noir and Hitchcock scenes, conventions, symbols, and icons, but from a girl’s perspective. This act…

Charm of Finches: An Interview & Mini Concert from Mabel & Ivy

The band Charm of Finches, sisters Mabel and Ivy aged 14 and 11, generously played two of their original songs and spoke with me about writing and singing songs on this latest Sparklescene podcast! Their soaring harmonies and soulful lyrics are absolutely sublime, and I loved hearing about their writing process too. Insightful, beautiful, and…