Holding up half the sky global narratives of girls at risk and celebrity philanthropy

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Abstract

In this article I explore the Half the Sky (HTS) phenomenon, including the documentary shown on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) network in 2014. I explore how the girls in whose name the HTS movement exists are represented in relation to Nicholas Kristoff and six celebrity advocates. This analysis foregrounds Global North philanthropy’s discursive use of Global South girls to advance a neoliberal approach that ignores structural forces that account for Global South poverty. The upbeat use of the concept of opportunities interpellates the audience into participating in individualized approaches to rescuing girls. Ultimately girls are spoken for while celebrities gain more exposure and therefore increase their brand recognition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)84-100
Number of pages17
JournalGirlhood Studies
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2018

Keywords

  • Global South
  • Media Studies
  • Neoliberalism
  • Philitainment
  • Representation
  • White savior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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