April 1, 2016
Padilla Carroll presents paper at national Popular Culture Association conference in Seattle
Valerie Padilla Carroll, women's studies, presented her paper, "Good Neighbors and Doomsday Preppers: Television's Gendered Construction of Self-sufficiency," at the 2016 Popular Culture Association conference in Seattle, Washington.
Padilla Carroll's paper explored the ways that self-sufficiency is gendered, raced and classed on TV by analyzing the BBC series, "The Good Life," and the National Geographic program, "Doomsday Preppers." Both TV shows portray self-sufficiency as a heteronormative ideal that prescribes strict gender roles, erases race — often while fearing it — and downplays collective possibilities.