Girl Power: Revisited
by Elizabeth Franko — University of Houston
June 15, 2007 – 03:01
In 1995, when Shampoo, the British pop group released their album Girl Power and the accompanying video, the pre-millennial world was aroused by the energy, dilemma, excitement and consumer power of the girl. Looking back on this pop cultural phenomenon classified and enriched by the Spice Girls, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Reviving Ophelia (Pipher and Ross, 1994), what has changed and what have we learned? Was Girl Power simply a case of scopophilia and the girl the last frontier of the socially accepted voyeur? Or did the Girl Power of Shampoo significantly shift the traditional construction of femininity and offer a possible source for resistance to hegemony?