Where’s the man? – Gender representation, Liberating the Female and Re-thinking Gender in Absolutely Fabulous
Gender debates in the academia are still highly influenced by psychoanalytical theory. Although references will be made to some debates, I intend to adopt a cultural approach towards gender representation in Absolutely Fabulous (BBC, 1992-1995) that values the genre’s characteristics (i.e. satire), its Camp aesthetics and the influence on the series of consumerist culture. The relevance of Absolutely Fabulous to this study of gender is the complex combination that the series makes between the representation of gender ambiguities and the celebration of consumerism, incorporating a further criticism of the status quo.