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Supergirl scorned : lessons about young femininity in an Australian television satire

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posted on 2010-10-01, 00:00 authored by Claire CharlesClaire Charles
In this paper I explore the popular Australian television character of Ja’mie King – a teenage private school girl created and performed by male comedian Chris Lilley. I conceptualise Lilley’s satire as a public pedagogy of young femininity. My reading of his satire responds to recent feminist scholarship around young femininities and ‘girl power’, which explores representations of young femininity in popular culture in Western nations. Drawing primarily on the 2005 television mockumentary We can be heroes, I explore how King can be read in terms of exaggerated ‘girl power’ subjectivity. I examine the relationships, fashioned through the character of King, between ‘sexuality’ and global citizenship activity. I consider the extent to which King’s character teaches that young women can ‘have it all’. I explore the extent to which her character teaches that they can be ‘beautiful’ and ‘brainy’, ‘self-determined’ and ‘sexy’ at the same time.

History

Journal

Critical studies in education

Volume

51

Issue

3

Season

Pedagogy writ large : public, popular and cultural pedagogies in motion

Pagination

265 - 276

Publisher

Routledge

Location

Melbourne, Vic.

ISSN

1750-8487

eISSN

1750-8495

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2010, Taylor & Francis