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Why do I hate all the female characters in 24?’: An Etiology of 24’s Misogyny

Abstract : This article investigates the misogyny at work in Fox’s hit series 24. Filled with stereotyped female characters, 24 seems to provide a univocal portrayal of women which spurs the viewers’ misogyny. Still, 24’s defiance towards women needs to be understood in the light of a particular context, the post-9/11 years, during which the Bush administration and conservative pundits targeted women as responsible for the 2001 terrorist attacks and fought a political and cultural ‘War on Women’. Therefore, we may postulate that with the election of Barack Obama in 2008, America took a liberal turn which impacted television series, and 24 in particular. This may account for the more progressive later seasons of the show where female characters are no longer ascribed to secondary roles but become action heroines, acting directors of intelligence agencies and, for one of them, elected Commander in Chief.
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Alexis Pichard. Why do I hate all the female characters in 24?’: An Etiology of 24’s Misogyny. Genre en séries : cinéma, télévision, médias, Presses universitaires de Bordeaux, 2017, Être mère, être père : représentations et discours médiatiques, ⟨10.4000/ges.994⟩. ⟨hal-03023014⟩

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