Postfeminist construction of women's sexuality in The village bike by Penelope Skinner
Keywords:postfeminism, pornographication, objectification of women, gender mainstreaming, literary studies
AbstractPenelope Skinner's drama The Village Bike deals with issues ranging from pregnancy to sexuality, pornography and sexual exploration. In this article I focus on the way these issues are presented and explain why pornography and sexual exploration belong to the postfeminist ideology. Namely, the author uncritically deals with these issues, objectifies a woman's body and favours gender constructs. Contemporary British drama by women playwrights is not marked by its engagement with feminism even though it might declare itself as pro-feminist or feminist. Penelope Skinner is one of the contemporary playwrights. I try to present that even though her drama seems to appear provocative at first sight this is not really the case. The provocation does not offer a critical insight and distance. I argue that this drama is postfeminist because it mainstreams pornography and presents a peculiar view on the part of sexual liberation, which is very limited.
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Novak, M. (2014). Postfeminist construction of women’s sexuality in The village bike by Penelope Skinner. Acta Neophilologica, 47(1-2), 41–54. https://doi.org/10.4312/an.47.1-2.41-54
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