Essay on Gender in The Crime Drama Fiction Genre

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According to John Fiske, “Television as a culture is a crucial part of the social dynamics.” Indeed any television genre is based on apparent similarities, differences and on expectations as well as assumptions shared by the viewers. It is also a cross-cultural translatability as it is understood in a diversity of contexts and markets. According to Graeme Burton (2000), the genre study leads to understanding of audience pleasures and revelation of cultural myths. Also an understanding of finance and marketing within television and finally an understanding of intertextuality and postmodernist forms of television. However audiences are aware of the codes and conventions that distinguish one genre product from the next. Genre has to be what …show more content…
Charlieʼs Angels was according to Anna Gough-Yates (2001) a “representation of femininity to the cultural dialogue surrounding feminism in the US during the 1970s”. The three main protagonists in the series were private detectives called Jill Munroe, Sabrina Duncan and Kelly Garrett. They all worked for their mysterious boss “Charlie” that we never see and were helped by Charlieʼs sidekick Bosley. Each of the characters brought something different to the series. For example, Jill Munroe played by Farrah Fawcett was the glamorous and sexy one; however her easy going charm and her lively personality helped the angels on several investigations. Then there was Sabrina Duncan who was the smartest of the angels. She was always thinking about solutions and her strategic and calculated mind was a key ingredient to the success of their missions. Finally the last angel was Kelly Garrett who was had a mix of both good looks and intelligence. The three angels showed us how they can be confident and sexy by using many clothes and makeup to disguise themselves and fool the male criminals. According to Anna Cough- Yates (2001) “Within the world of Charlieʼs Angels [...] women could be empowered through immersing themselves in the world of consumerism – commodity consumption allowing for a performance of femininity that could deceive and evade the exercise of dominant pattern of gender relations.” This also
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