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Monday, January 11, 2016: The Rise of Neo Feminist Film
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Lisa Dettmer talks to feminist film scholar Professor Hilary Radner, author of "Neo-Feminist Cinema; Girly Films, Chick Flicks and Consumer Culture" and co-editor of "Feminism at the Movies, Understanding Gender in Contemporary Popular Cinema " about the rise of what she calls the neo feminist film. Beginning with the release of "Pretty Woman" in 1990 Radner argues a new trope developed reflecting the rise of consumerism and the cultivation of the body and exploited the idea of how to be a woman for the purpose of supporting neoliberal consumer industry. Radner argues these films present a belief that control and ownership of a woman's body is accomplished through the right acquisition and that her value was her appearance, all the while evoking choice and individual agency as the defining tenet of feminine identity and liberal feminism.