The One with the Feminist Critique: Revisiting Millennial Postfeminism with Friends

Hamad, Hannah (2018) The One with the Feminist Critique: Revisiting Millennial Postfeminism with Friends. Television and New Media, 19 (8). pp. 692-707. ISSN 1527-4764

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    Abstract

    In the aftermath of its initial broadcast run, iconic millennial sitcom Friends (NBC, 1994–2004) generated some quality scholarship interrogating its politics of gender. But as a site of analysis, it remains a curious, almost structuring absence from the central canon of the first wave of feminist criticism of postfeminist culture. This absence is curious not only considering the place of Friends at the forefront of millennial popular culture but also in light of its long-term syndication in countries across the world since that time. And it is structuring in the sense that Friends was the stage on which many of the familiar tropes of postfeminism interrogated across the body of work on it appear in retrospect to have been tried and tested. This article aims to contribute toward redressing this absence through interrogation and contextualization of the series’ negotiation of a range of structuring tropes of postfeminist media discourse, and it argues for Friends as an unacknowledged ur-text of millennial postfeminism.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: friends,television,feminism,postfeminism,masculinity,femininity
    Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
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    Depositing User: LivePure Connector
    Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2018 10:30
    Last Modified: 08 Dec 2018 01:06
    URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/67399
    DOI: 10.1177/1527476418779624

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