This chapter argues that Dunham’s Girls (2012-) makes a deliberate attempt to resuscitate second wave debates about female sexual and reproductive autonomy that ‘postfeminist’ fictions had once appeared to lay to rest. By asking what is at stake in the show’s candid treatment of consent and abortion, this chapter not only investigates the controversies that have arisen over Dunham’s feminism, but also argues that it is by identifying what distinguishes Girls from a previous generation of female-centred fictions that we might better understand the evolving currency of feminism in popular culture.
|Title of host publication||Reading Lena Dunham's Girls: Feminism, postfeminism, authenticity and gendered performance in contemporary television|
|Editors||Meredith Nash, Imelda Whelehan|
|Place of Publication||Basingstoke|
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||Published - 23 Jul 2017|