Pop Feminism: Televised Superheroines from the 1990s to the 2010s

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This paper analyses the construction of two superheroines, one from the 1990s (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and one from the 2010s (Jessica Jones). I contend that popular feminism has changed between the 1990s and the present and that this is evident in the representation of televised superheroines. While in the 1990s superheroines were more conformist, today they are more transparent in their feminist intentions. I suggest that this is due to contemporary cultural trends in the United States.

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