GIRLS AND POSTFEMINISM: THE FREE AND
DETERMINED WOMAN
Leah J Haynes
13.1 (Left to right) Zosia Mamet as Shoshanna Shapiro, Jemima Kirke as Jessa
Johansson, Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath, and Allison Williams as Marnie
Marie Michaels in Girls, “Beach House”
The HBO series Girls centers on Hannah Horvath (Lena
Dunham) and three of her female friends Marnie Michaels
(Allison Williams), Jessa Johansson (Jemima Kirke), and
Shoshanna Shapiro (Zosia Mamet) as they navigate jobs, school,
lovers, friendships, and existential crises as 20-somethings in New
York City. Dunham is the creator, lead writer, and showrunner for
Girls, co-producing it with Judd Apatow. Girls has been heralded
for its dynamic female characters but also criticized for its narrow
application of feminism by focusing on White, cisgender,
heterosexual, able-bodied characters and ignoring the opportunity
to feature characters representing identities facing oppression,
those that would benefit from the deconstruction of patriarchal
systems.
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