Graduation Year

Spring 2014

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis


Media Studies

Reader 1

Elizabeth Affuso

Reader 2

Nancy Macko

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By examining viewer reception of female antagonists in traditionally feminine roles on television—particularly the role of wives and mothers who have husbands to answer to and children to look after and are thus expected, in some form, to act as a caretaker or guide for others—we can explore modern societal attitudes towards female agency and gender-based expectations of behavior.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.