The romanticization of abstinence: Fan response to sexual restraint in the Twilight series

Jennifer Stevens Aubrey, Elizabeth Behm-Morawitz, Melissa A. Click

Abstract


Meyer's Twilight series has been criticized for its regressive gender representations. To understand its continuing appeal, we problematize the messages of abstinence and romance in the series, and contextualize fans' response with a discussion of postfeminist culture.

Keywords


abstinence, Twilight, teen girls, fan community

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