Screening girls in high school musical : identity, femininity, and empowerment
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Released in the era of third-wave feminism, postfeminism and “girl power,” HSM causes such a sensation, especially among the girl audience. Girls in HSM complicate the traditional understanding of femininity and what it means to be a girl. This thesis focuses on the gender representations in the High School Musical trilogy, explores Disney’s ideologies of representing girl characters through different sites like romantic relationship, intellectual ability and fashion style, and analyzes the influence of postfeminism and consumerism on the construction of girls’ identity and femininity.