Triple Threats: Young Female Detectives and the Crimes of Postfeminism
Référence bibliographique 
Braithwaite, Andrea. 2010. «Triple Threats: Young Female Detectives and the Crimes of Postfeminism». Thèse de doctorat, Montréal, Université McGill, Départements d’histoire de l’art et de communication.
Intentions : In this research, the author «[…] examines the increasingly visible character of the amateur female sleuth in popular culture.» (p. iii)
Échantillon/Matériau : L’auteure utilise un corpus d’émissions de télévision et de films afin de sonder la culture populaire.
Type de traitement des données : Réflexion critique
In this research, «I argue that, while a postfeminist media and political environment conditions this “chick dick’s” existence, the chick dick also “talks back” to postfeminism, specifically to the postfeminist insistence that feminism has been successful and is no longer relevant or necessary. The chick dick thus “speaks feminism” in an environment that makes such a voice difficult to hear. I focus primarily on the aspects of these popular narratives that engage with the postfeminist notion that women and men are social equals. I demonstrate how the rhetoric of “choice” is used to depoliticize the conditions in which young women live, work, and study, individualizing their problems into matters of personal choice rather than political consequence. I examine how both social space and investigative technologies are gendered through concepts of risk and authority, and how such gendering works to uphold a patriarchal power dynamic that makes women vulnerable to a spectrum of sexualized violence. I deconstruct the concept of a “crisis in masculinity” to show how this trope legitimizes the exercise of an aggressive and violent masculinity on the bodies of female and feminized “others.” These popular narratives also illustrate the labour involved in embodying a postfeminist or “chick” femininity, affectively recounting how these female characters feel about the regimes of self-care and self-management they undertake daily, and how they respond to a “new traditionalist” model of womanhood that requires monogamy, marriage, and motherhood for female worth.» (p. iii)