Date of Final Oral Examination (Defense)
Type of Culminating Activity
Master of Arts in Communication
John McClellan, Ph.D.
Natalie Nelson-Marsh, Ph.D.
Julie Lane, Ph.D.
This study examines presentations of women in the media through Foucauldian critical discourse analysis in order to explore dominant ideas of gender and femininity embedded within D/discourses that constrain the lived experiences of women. Specifically, this study explores the television show Girls as a text presenting particular knowledge of femininity. By engaging in an interpretive analysis of the ways femininity is presented in both public and private presentations of gender in Girls, I reveal how women make sense of past and negotiate future public performances of femininity in private. Further, I deconstruct a specific scene of Girls to reveal hidden meanings of femininity and expose how performing docility conforms with normalized expectations of being a woman. This study uses a poststructural feminist lens to critically inspect the suppressed meanings of gender within the text of Girls and offers hope for opening up multiple meanings of femininity within the D/discourses of gender and media.
Soza, Amanda, "Girls will be Girls: Discourse, Poststructuralist Feminism, and Media Presentations of Women" (2014). Boise State University Theses and Dissertations. 833.