Poison Ivy, Wild Things and Other Erotic Teen Thrillers of the 1990s: The Class-Shamed 'Evil' Other of Hypersexualized Girl Power

Hopkins, Susan ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1781-2382 (2022) Poison Ivy, Wild Things and Other Erotic Teen Thrillers of the 1990s: The Class-Shamed 'Evil' Other of Hypersexualized Girl Power. In: The Forgotten Victims of Sexual Violence in Film, Television and New Media: Turning to the Margins. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 25-46. ISBN 9783030959340


Abstract

The following chapter utilizes close, textual and feminist analysis of fictitious, teen, 'bad girl' characters Othered and punished within the misogynistic moral narratives of erotic thriller films of the 1990s. Specifically, the chapter explores how ambitious, confident, (hyper)sexual 'bad' girls are constructed within these popular film narratives, through gendered social class myths. The author argues that these intersecting, class-shaming, slut-shaming myths also reflect reactionary cultural anxieties about female upward social mobility and popular girl power in the 1990s. The chapter interrogates the intersecting class-based assumptions, stereotypes and rape culture myths repeated across these representative film case studies, especially those which may inadvertently function to blame teenage victims and excuse older male predators. The author takes issue with the (mis)representation of the monstrous, bad or shadow girl (who is supposedly 'asking for it' by asking for too much) and challenges the punitive heterosexual male gaze and moral economy of these films.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ College (8 Jun 2020 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ College (8 Jun 2020 -)
Date Deposited: 15 May 2022 22:54
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2022 00:18
Uncontrolled Keywords: Teen thriller films; working-class victims; girl power; 1990s; bad girls; pop culture
Fields of Research (2020): 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4701 Communication and media studies > 470107 Media studies
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1302 Communication > 130204 The media
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-95935-7_2
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/48475

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