gIRLHOOD STUDIES

How has visual culture shaped ideas of girlhood? In a new column for AnOthermag.com, I consider overlooked moments of coming-of-age on screen.

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1) WHAT KIRSTEN DUNST’S SMILE MEANT IN 1999

“Her grin has a sense of effort. Is she thinking about who might be looking?”

2) TRACING FILM’S OBSESSION WITH CATS AND TEENAGE GIRLS

“(The) cat – cuteness overload laced with X-Files atmosphere – summarised the antithetical characteristics that the creatures possess the best. Cute, but psycho.”

3) THE 70S FILM THAT’S A LOVE LETTER TO REBELLIOUS SMOKERS EVERYWHERE 

“Her snotty, heart-wrenching scream is an absolute gut-punch, a magic moment of cinema; and when he comes back to her, he’s riding his moped and – yes – smoking a cigarette.”

4) WHY CHLOË SEVIGNY IS ON A MISSION TO SAVE THE WORK OF LINDA MANZ

“Like all true-blue punks, Cebe’s voice operates at one volume – loud – like she’s trying to prove she exists.”