Conclusion: Exiting the Funhouse — Challenging Society’s Lessons One Stage at a Time

  • Melissa Ames
  • Sarah Burcon


To say that modern-day society has a love-hate relationship with feminism would be a ridiculous understatement. We simply don’t know what to do about the controversial ‘F word’, and this is apparent in the cultural products aimed at girls and women at every juncture in their lives. The mixed messages — about feminism, gender, sexuality — are everywhere. The contradictory lessons are in toy boxes, on bookshelves, in blog posts, on film screens, in songs, on television, in commercials, on Twitter, in magazines, on stage. They’re in the cultural conversations surrounding Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Middleton, Jennifer Lopez, Amy Schumer, Tina Fey, Caitlyn Jenner, Hillary Clinton, and so many others. They’re in critiques of Gossip Girl, The Bachelorette, Sex and the City, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Menopause the Musical, and more. They’re in scholarly discussions about Elsa, Anna, Katniss, Bella, Stacy’s Mom, Stiffler’s Mom — in analyses of all mothers and daughters and sisters (fictional and real).


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© Melissa Ames and Sarah Burcon 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Melissa Ames
    • 1
  • Sarah Burcon
    • 2
  1. 1.Eastern Illinois UniversityUSA
  2. 2.University of MichiganUSA

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