Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts
Growing Up Female: A Feminist Origin Story seeks to explore the connection between the depictions of women in popular culture and media, and how they have affected the speaker. This work combines the narrative of a memoir with cultural criticism. The popular culture criticized serves as a backdrop to illuminate both the sense of place that surrounded the author growing up, and what the depictions of women looked like for those in Generation Y. Television, Disney movies, Barbie, Film, Pornography, Advertisements, and the internet serve as a way for the author to answer the question of whether or not she is a feminist. Through memoir and analysis of common tropes and common ideas about women, the author comes of age and also comes to the realization that she is a feminist.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Bausch, Maggie Caitlin, "Growing Up Female: A Feminist Origin Story" (2013). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 852.