Maddux Authors Analysis of HBO Film
Assistant professor Kristy Maddux is the author of a recently published study of the HBO film Iron Jawed Angels. The essay appears in the March 2009 issue of Feminist Media Studies, and is entitled "Winning the Right to Vote in 2004: Iron Jawed Angels and the Retrospective Framing of Feminism."
Maddux argues that Iron Jawed Angels "appeals to twenty-first-century audiences because it (1) draws upon contemporary televisual aesthetics, (2) renders the suffrage movement in postfeminist and third wave feminist terms, and (3) speaks to the liberal citizenship ideology so prevalent in contemporary discourse about voting rights. Important though these frameworks are for making the film's subject accessible, she argues that they have at least two ideological consequences: the film deflates the possibilities for radical feminist activism directed toward structural change, and it eschews the specifically feminist ideology of the woman suffrage movement. Above all, the film's limitations remind us of the need for more memorials and more complex memorials to the history of feminist organizing."
Citation: Kristy Maddux, "Winning the Rights to Vote in 2004: Iron Jawed Angels and the Retrospective Framing of Feminism," Feminist Media Studies 9 (2009): 73-94.