The Golden Girls Scholarship, Articles, & Research
Leaving Brain Cells All Over the Eastern Seaboard
It's not all just laughs about incontinence or killing men during sex. The Golden Girls touches on a lot of heady themes and lovely life advice, and brilliant scholars have discussed them in actual published journals and papers.
Dig into some of the scholarly themes we discuss on the podcast -- you know, the "intellectualizing" part -- or read some actual published academic research about The Golden Girls below.
Important Scholarly Themes Throughout The Golden Girls
Spoiler: Women like sex, too, and they have it all throughout their lives! All four of the girls get plenty throughout the series -- and talk about it, too.
Bringing along their divorcee, widow, and life experience baggage, the girls consistently confronted their demons and continued on the better for it.
Your friends are your chosen family, and often understand you better than blood relatives do. It's a wonderful and valid option to live with them.
There are countless times the girls chose the higher road for themselves when tackling a tough issue, and modeled dignity by doing so.
From pans of harmful Reagan and Bush policies to portraying loving interracial relationships, the show shone a spotlight on moving forward.
From Coco to Clayton and Danny Thomas in between, there's a reason this show is revered in the gay community for being ahead of its time.
The gals took pride in the democratic process and exercised their right to protest, sign petitions, and mobilize their community to get shit done.
The girls talked over and tackled potent subjects from discrimination to homelessness, and always arrived at the morally right thing to do.
There are so many more, of course. Stay tuned for in-depth commentary.
Published Scholarly Research about The Golden Girls (like, for real)
Sex and the City, Platinum Edition: How The Golden Girls Altered American Situation Comedy
Brown, Jared Clayton. Graduate College of Bowling Green State University, May 2013.
Martin, Miles. University of Rhode Island, 2017.
Powell, Elliott H. Jazz Research Journal, University of Minnesota, Jan. 2018.
Glatzer, Elizabeth A. Boston College, 2010.
Thank You for Being a Friend: How The Golden Girls Shaped American Feminism
Issac, Susan. Seaver College at Pepperdine University, 2016.
Ruggiero, Josephine A. Sociology Between the Gaps: Forgotten and Neglected Topics: Vol. 2., Providence College, 2016.
Patterson, Eleanor. Feminist Media Studies Journal, Feb. 2016.
West, Thomas J. MP: An Online Feminist Journal, Aug. 2010.
Giles, Howard & Harwood, Jake. Discourse & Society, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1992
Macey, Deborah Ann. School of Journalism and Communication and the Graduate School of the University of Oregon, Sept. 2008.
Mahal, Satinder K., DO. & Nie, Pei Huey, MD. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, March 2014.
Recio, Rocio Palomeque. Universitatea Hyperion, 2018.
Burns-Ardolino, Wendy. Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Grand Valley State University, 2013.
Stayton, Amanda and Keown, Bridget. Nursing Clio, 2018
Berzsenyi, Christyne A. Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture, Fall 2010.
Cohen, Harriet L. Journal of Educational Gerontology, 2002.
Kypker, Nicole S. Journal of Comedy Studies, Volume 10, 2019.
Kypker, Nicole S. Brunel University London, 2020.
Browne, Kate. TV Milestones Series, Wayne State University Press, 2020.
Ann, Jean. Watching TV with a Linguist, Syracuse University Press, 2016.
Sewell, Claire. Nursing Clio, 2018.
Kaler, Anne. The Journal of Popular Culture, 2004.