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Vampires, Werewolves, and Oppression: Twilight and Female Gender Stereotypes

  • Zoe Snider Transylvania University


This paper rhetorically analyzes the issue of femininity in the four books of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series. It argues that the image of women—particularly in the context of relationships— presented in the series is oppressive to women because it shows domestic violence by their male partners as acceptable, portrays its female protagonist in a stereotypical manner, and endorses unequal relationships in which the woman is at a disadvantage. These findings are troubling because of the series’ immense popularity and the ways in which media representations of women can affect young women’s conceptions of acceptable female roles.

Author Biography

Zoe Snider, Transylvania University

Zoë Snider will graduate from Transylvania University in spring 2014 with a double major in Philosophy and Spanish Language and Literature. She will study abroad in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, in spring 2012, and hopes to continue her education in graduate school.

How to Cite
Snider, Z. (2015). Vampires, Werewolves, and Oppression: Twilight and Female Gender Stereotypes. Young Scholars in Writing, 9, 128-136. Retrieved from
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