From Heathers to Mean Girls: An Examination of Relational Aggression in Film.
Mean girls are depicted everywhere these days. While the news media started sensationalizing these girls in the 1990s, this type of behavior has been ingrained in popular culture for many years. This study examined film images of teenaged girls using relational aggression in order to show how this social problem is depicted by filmmakers. The images that appear in these films send particular messages about female friendships, girlfighting, femininity, and power. Overall, these films tell viewers that girls will be girls, and it takes an empowered girl to end this type of aggressive behavior.
State University of New York at Albany. School of Criminal Justice
Cecil, D. K. (2008). From Heathers to mean girls: An examination of relational aggression in film. Journal of criminal justice and popular culture, 15(3), 262-276.
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