Megan Hindle

The representations and gender identities of females in the romance soap ‘Desperate Housewives’.

This dissertation is about the representations of females within the soap drama ‘Desperate Housewives’.  The series can be described as a dark, comedic romance soap opera as it follows the lives of a group of women in a suburban lane.  It will explore the stereotypes that are formed from the female’s representations in the series, with a particular focus on the traditional and non-traditional stereotypes, as well as elements of being a female within a household. It will also look at the gendered identities of the females with a main focus being on how these identities are challenged within society. Using relevant theory and examples from ‘Desperate Housewives’ this dissertation will expand on the gendered identities which are portrayed by the females and the ideas that societies enforce upon us.