WGS205 Summer 2010, Study Group Readings and Notes
Brasfield, Rebecca (2007), “Rereading Sex and the City”.
Main Concept: Hegemonic Feminism (p.152)
Definition: Hegemony / Hegemonic
The predominant influence, as of a state, region, or group, over another or others;
leadership or predominant influence exercised by one nation over others, as in a
Leader / leadership, predominance, authority.
The political, economic, ideological or cultural power exerted by a dominant group
over other groups, regardless of the explicit consent of the latter; better defined as
emphasizing how control is achieved through consensus not force.
Ascendancy or domination of one power or state within a league, confederation, etc,
or of one social class over others.
Communication of ideas, information, etc., especially by talking; conversation.
A long and formal treatment of a subject, in speech or writing; lecture; treatise;
Ability to reason; rationality; the process or power of reasoning.
To speak or write (on or upon a subject) formally and at some length; to speak or
write formally and at length.
Brasfield examines the hegemonic feminist narrative in the series Sex and the City, by
analyzing the series’ methods of addressing issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, and
class; claiming of we are not critical we end up just repeating and/or reproducing our own
oppressions: “When we fail to critically read and reread media presentations, we run the
risk of internalizing and reproducing our own oppression”. (Brasfield, 2007, pp.138).
The show: Sex in the City portrays the lives of 4 privileged white women and their
resistance to wanting to challenge their own bigotry in favour of reinscribing and
reproducing hegemonies through difference. (Brasfield, 2007, pp.130).
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