"Bad Girls Changed My Life": Homonormativity in a Women's Prison Drama

  title={"Bad Girls Changed My Life": Homonormativity in a Women's Prison Drama},
  author={Didi Herman},
  journal={Critical Studies in Media Communication},
  pages={141 - 159}
  • D. Herman
  • Published 1 January 2003
  • Sociology
  • Critical Studies in Media Communication
This paper explores representations of sexuality in a popular British television drama. The author argues that the program in question, Bad Girls, a drama set in a women's prison, conveys a set of values that are homonormative. In other words, unlike other mainstream television products that may have lesbian or gay characters within a prevailing context of heteronormativity, BG represents lesbian sexuality as normal, desirable, and possible. At the same time, BG reproduces dominant… 

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