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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

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

Sarah Projansky

NYU Press

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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