Best Friends Forever: Young Girls' Media and a Sapphic Sensibility

I'm a big fan of children's movies. Ask any of my friends and they'll tell you about my love for the early 2000's Barbie movies, or my tendency to get too emotional in movie theaters. In a genre often dominated by themes of heterosexual romances, media directed at young girls often stands out when it breaks that mold, focusing not on the relationship between a female protagonist and a male love interest, but on the one between a female protagonist and a close female friend. I do not seek to claim that friendship is somehow less important than romance- these themes of connection and platonic closeness are often what is so appealing about these works- but these relationships are often sites of intimacy not found in the romantic relationships presented in such films.

It is my intention to see these works through a lens of queer theory, especially through the idea of the "metaphorical lesbian," a concept proposed by Bonnie Zimmerman, but that I first encountered doing research for a project on Kate Chopin's /The Awakening/, in an article by Elizabeth LeBlanc. In practice though, I am simply attempting to have a little fun with some pieces of media that are very close to my heart. Please join me as I discuss gender, intimacy, and color schemes, all in the hope of convincing everyone to watch some films that I love. 


A Cook, Undergraduate Student
Department of Communication
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

About the Presenter

Pronouns: they/them/theirs

Hello! My name is A, and I'm an ambassador at the LGBTQ Center. Between my studies, I enjoy art and having fun with movies and other media. I'm a sophomore Communications major, with a double minor in Studio Art and Social and Economic Justice.

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Day Two (Tuesday, October 13th, 2020) | Session Two (7:00pm - 8:00pm)

Duration: 10 minutes

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