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

  • Jennifer Stevens Aubrey University of Missouri
  • Elizabeth Behm-Morawitz University of Missouri
  • Melissa A. Click University of Missouri
Keywords: abstinence, Twilight, teen girls, fan community


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.