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Sarah Projansky

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814770214

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814770214.001.0001

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What Is There to Talk About?

What Is There to Talk About?

Twenty-First-Century Girl Films

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(p.95) 3 What Is There to Talk About?
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Spectacular Girls
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Sarah Projansky

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814770214.003.0004

This chapter continues the overview of contemporary representations of girls by focusing on girl films during the first decade of the twenty-first century. There are four girl films that elicited the most public discussion about girls in the national and alternative press: Mean Girls (2004), Little Miss Sunshine (2006), Juno (2007), and Precious (2009). Adoration/disdain and anxiety about the girl and the girl star appear; however some of the debates about the films extend to discussions of their “feminism” and pedagogical usefulness for girls negotiating media culture. The chapter draws on a feminist media studies methodology in an attempt to provide optimistic antiracist queer readings. Mean Girls, for instance, offers an implicit critique of heteronormativity; Little Miss Sunshine embraces girls' autoeroticism; Juno provides a character who incessantly makes her own choices; and Precious defines African American girlhood as both valuable and vibrant.

Keywords:   girl films, Mean Girls, Little Miss Sunshine, Juno, Precious, girl star, feminism, feminist media studies

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