112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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"Orange is the New Black": Tough Women in Rough Situations on Television

Mark W. Bundy, University of California, Riverside

This presentation will explore how and why pervasive violence, confrontations, and cruelty between women on shows such as "Orange is the New Black," Mob Wives:New Blood," and others appear to be rapidly changing older notions of aspects of "Femininity."


Compared to standardized, mild representations of "Femininity" decades ago in female TV performances, contemporary Television shows [of the past 5-7 years] have shone a spotlight on moments of violence [verbal and physical] between women, increasing levels of cruelty and unrelenting competition, insults and a pervasive "hardness" that is a true departure of the mild-mannered, demure, polished examples of performed femininity of times past.  I plan to analyze the radical shift in representations of women, then and now, and to interrogate why the "feminine" woman has become the "hardened" woman [and why these new parameters of women on TV are gaining popularity.

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