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Miss Piggy's Feminism: Redefining Human Relationships through Martial Arts

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Title: Miss Piggy's Feminism: Redefining Human Relationships through Martial Arts
Author: Brennan, Samantha
Department: Department of Philosophy
Abstract: Talk about Miss Piggy to women of a certain age and many of us will smile. There weren’t a lot of strong female characters on television in the 70s—the Bionic Woman, Charlie’s Angels, the girls and women of the Brady Bunch, and of course, Three’s Company—but for some reason Miss Piggy stood out. Now as an adult, there’s rather a lot Miss Piggy and I have in common. We’re big, strong women with a love of martial arts. Miss Piggy karate chops her way around back stage at the Muppet Theatre and I try to blend my practise of the martial art of Aikido with days spent in the ivory tower. I aspire to her level of glamour and self-confidence. As a woman in a very male dominated field, the academic study of philosophy, I am often like Miss Piggy, noticeable as the only woman in the room. And while I lack her acting skills and stage presence, in front of large classes I’ve been known to channel my inner Pig.
Date: 2015
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Related Publications: Jim Henson and Philosophy, edited by Timothy M. Dale and Joseph J. Foy, Rowman and Littlefield, 2015

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