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The one with the feminist critique: revisiting millennial postfeminism with Friends

Hamad, Hannah ORCID: 2018. The one with the feminist critique: revisiting millennial postfeminism with Friends. Television and New Media 19 (8) , pp. 692-707. 10.1177/1527476418779624

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In the aftermath of its initial broadcast run, iconic millennial sitcom Friends (NBC, 1994–2004) generated some quality scholarship interrogating its politics of gender. But as a site of analysis, it remains a curious, almost structuring absence from the central canon of the first wave of feminist criticism of postfeminist culture. This absence is curious not only considering the place of Friends at the forefront of millennial popular culture but also in light of its long-term syndication in countries across the world since that time. And it is structuring in the sense that Friends was the stage on which many of the familiar tropes of postfeminism interrogated across the body of work on it appear in retrospect to have been tried and tested. This article aims to contribute toward redressing this absence through interrogation and contextualization of the series’ negotiation of a range of structuring tropes of postfeminist media discourse, and it argues for Friends as an unacknowledged ur-text of millennial postfeminism.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
ISSN: 1527-4764
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 4 April 2018
Date of Acceptance: 1 April 2018
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 03:17

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