Added: September 5, 2015 – Last updated: September 5, 2015


Author: Chris Richards

Title: Hard Candy, Revenge, and the “Aftermath” of Feminism

Subtitle: “A Teenage Girl Doesn’t Do This”

Journal: Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures

Volume: 7

Issue: 1

Year: Summer 2015

Pages: 42-61

ISSN: 1920-2601 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1920-261X – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 21st Century | U.S. History | Representations: Films / Hard Candy


Link: Jeunesse (Restricted Access)

Link: Project MUSE (Restricted Access)


Abstract: »This article discusses the film Hard Candy in relation to debates surrounding the meanings of feminism, post-feminism, and girl power. In particular, it explores the rape-revenge narrative as an articulation of ambiguous representations of young women and their relationship to both second-wave and third-wave feminisms. The central example discussed in this article presents a challenging and unsettling representation of a young teenage girl confronting an apparently sexually predatory photographer in his thirties. This article explores the construction of such a teenage avenger with reference to a range of precedents in both film and television. In particular, the article considers on what terms Hard Candy contradicts the positioning of teenage girls as weak and vulnerable.« (Source: Jeunesse)

Wikipedia: Rape and revenge film: Hard Candy (film)