Elana Levine, “Buffy and the ‘New Girl Order'”

Elana Levine, “Buffy and the ‘New Girl Order’: Defining Feminism and Femininity.”  Undead TV: Essays on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  Eds. Elana Levine and Lisa Parks.  Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2007.  168-189.

I use this essay in my media literacy class to introduce students to debates about post-feminism, third-wave feminism, and representations of women on TV.  Though Buffy is a bit dated for current students, I think it helps to tackle these big questions with a focus on one particular program.  Levine clearly defines post-feminism, which is always a slippery concept for students to grasp with so many different ideas floating around, and her analysis of Buffy does a great job of illustrating the concepts she introduces.

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