The controversies triggered by the Netflix adaptation of Jay Asher’s young adult novel Thirteen Reasons Why (2007) have focused on suicide and downplayed discussions of rape as a central plot device. Making use of stereotypical characters (such as the cheerleader and the jock) and archetypal setting (including the high school), 13 Reasons Why delves into the reassuring world of the suburban town; it deals ambiguously with the entwined notions of gender and power encapsulated in the teenpic genre. A detailed analysis of the series indeed reveals that its causative narrative reinforces the rape myth by putting the blame on girls for events that happen to them. In this article I explore the tensions of a TV series that endorses the rape myth through the entertaining frame of the teenpic.
commercially promoted by adults. While in the broadest sense, the book is about teen suicide as is the TV series, it is more accurately about a teen girl’s suicide. Certainly, teens of any (or no) gender might be able to identify with elements of the story, and
Queer Girls’ Voices in the Liberation Era
Amanda H. Littauer
suggests that whiteness bolstered their sense of entitlement to inclusion and recognition. Conclusion Well before the existence of gay/straight alliances, teen suicide hotlines, zines, Riot grrrl, You Tube, or the It Gets Better Project, queer girls