This spring, I was interviewed for a great new documentary called Pink Attitude: Princesses, Pop Stars, and Girl Power. The documentary will debut this Saturday, October 4 in France on ARTE, the European culture and public service television network.
Cheerful, bubbly and colorful, the Girlie-Girl Culture is an unavoidable phenomenon of our western societies. This ambiguous and popular culture-both angelic and demoniac constantly oscillates between two extreme images of women: the little girl and the temptress, the ingénue and the predator.
How has the Girlie-Girl Culture managed to conquer the world, to shape and impose guidelines to a new feminine identity? Which cultural codes lurk behind the glitter and pink veneer of the Pink Attitude-codes that guide the majority of today’s girls from cradle to adulthood? Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Barbie dolls and Bratz dolls; Hello Kitty; pop icons Katy Perry, Rihanna or Miley Cyrus and their sugar-candy sexy videos clips; TV shows and romantic comedies; women’s magazines and nail salons blooming on every street corner…
Welcome to the land of Girly-Girl Culture.
WATCH THE TEASER:
- To view a 5-minute English-language teaser for the documentary, visit YouTube.
- To view a 2-minute French-language teaser for the documentary, visit DailyMotion.
FOR MORE INFO:
- For more details about the documentary, see http://www.phares-balises.fr/detail0_uk.php?id=1038.
- For more information on ARTE, see http://www.arte.tv/fr/all-about-arte/2197470.html.
Photos ©Cie Phares et Balise.
Rebecca Hains is a media studies professor at Salem State University. Her book, The Princess Problem: Guiding Our Girls Through the Princess-Obsessed Years, is available from retailers including Amazon.