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Individualization and Intimacy in Girls: A Postfeminist Perspective
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay analyzes intimacy in the HBO series Girls (2012 - ), a series praised for its distinctively realistic portrayal of life and sex. From a postfeminist perspective I argue that the series mirrors the postmodern individualized society and that this results in changing human bonds. By doing this I am also criticizing sociologist Zygmunt Bauman’s conclusion that “individualization of society” is happening at the cost of intimacy. Bauman speaks of two main challenges for intimacy: firstly, that the individual is exclusively seen as more important than the community in today’s individualized society and, secondly, that communication is malfunctioning. Bauman means that the two premises - individual-based choices and malfunctioning communication - lead to compromised intimacy and dissolving human bonds. By looking at close relationships in Girls I analyze individual-based choices and malfunctioning communication and discuss how they affect intimacy. This essay thus challenges the suggestion that an individualized world must be one without intimacy; nevertheless, the rules within relationships are being negotiated. In Girls, being a part of a community, a friendship or relationship is no longer a given but an individual choice; nevertheless, it is still a choice that exists. While Girls corresponds to the challenges Bauman theorizes, a postfeminist perspective nuances Bauman’s dystopian conclusion.

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2015. , 24 p.
Keyword [en]
Girls; individualization of society; Zygmunt Bauman; postfeminism; intimacy; human bonds; community; individual-based choices, (malfunctioning) communication
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-118416OAI: diva2:822584
Available from: 2015-06-16 Created: 2015-06-16 Last updated: 2015-06-16Bibliographically approved

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