Sally Littlefield Humanities and Social Science
Teenaged Female Sexuality in American Film, 1980 - 2010
My summer research seeks to understand how American culture conceives of adolescent female sexuality through analyzing popular film. Looking at American teen films from the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s, I will explore when, how, and by whom it is considered acceptable or problematic for teenaged women to engage with their sexuality. Once I’ve conducted a thorough film analysis, I’ll be able to explore what effects these cultural beliefs have on teenaged girls through collecting oral histories of young women in the fall. My finished project will tie these two pieces together, looking to uncover the relationship between our culture’s perceptions of teenaged girls and American teenaged girls’ perceptions of themselves, their bodies, and their sexualities.