restricted access Parker Posey: Film Economics and Funny Girls
Abstract

When the audio book of Betty Friedan's Feminine Mystique was to be recorded back in 2009, producers approached Parker Posey to voice the canonical feminist text. Most known for her portrayal of lovable slacker ditzes such as the soft-serve-wielding Libby Mae in Waiting for Guffman; Darla, the sadistic freshman hazer in Dazed and Confused; and of course Mary, the Gaultier-obsessed ersatz club promoter in Party Girl, Posey might, at first glance, seem an odd choice. How would the so-called "queen of the indies," synonymous with nineties froth, imbue the requisite gravitas into women's mid-century domestic oppression of matching slipcover fabric and chauffeuring the children to Cub Scouts and Brownies?


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