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Volume 14, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 1750-3159
  • E-ISSN: 1750-3167

Abstract

This article questions the critical appraisal of as a feminist musical and as a step forward for gender equality within the British theatre industry. When the show is viewed through a feminist lens, it is clear that, far from challenging the meanings of gender in popular culture, reproduces them with demeaning stereotypes that conform to the ideals of the male gaze. I conclude that the positive critical reaction to owes more to a need within the theatre community to have a successful British musical than to the merits of the show itself, and a wariness on the part of critics in a post-Weinstein era to be seen to question the artistic quality of a female-centric show that women clearly experience as empowering.

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2020-07-01
2024-06-24
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Keyword(s): #MeToo; critics; feminist; gender; musical; Six; Spice Girls
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