Racial representation, agency, and nudity on Girls
Willis, Katharine J.
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This study examined feminism as seen on the HBO series, Girls . Elements of feminism that were broken down into three main categories include racial representation, agency, and nudity. A total of 28 episodes of Girls were content analyzed in an attempt to measure the frequency of occurrences outlined in the three main categories. The results of this study indicate that the feminism on Girls is questionable. Non-white characters were never depicted in a main role, instead occupying supporting and background roles. An overwhelming percent of the characters were coded as white. The agency category results show that main characters on Girls tend to not solve their problems independently. Nudity was assessed on whether it was positive, negative, or neutral, and the results show that the nudity on the show was depicted frequently more positive or neutral than negative.