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Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

A guide to University of Alabama resources for research on gender and sexuality


Popular culture is a rich context for the study of gender and sexuality. The suggestions and topics below offer some entry points into the field. Use these as starting points to find more materials in your area of interest by using the subject tags on the item pages to guide your searching, or look through the bibliographies of these books to find other scholarship.

Recommended Databases

In addition to the gender studies databases suggested on the homepage, check out these collections focused on popular culture:

Starting Points

Kanopy has a large selection of films and documentaries about the representation of gender and sexuality in different media. The recommended titles below provide introductions and overviews. Browse Kanopy's Women and Society section for more documentaries, and Gender Studies films for a broader selection of films about gender, sexuality, and popular culture.

In Depth

Read about gender and film:

Watch films:

Learn about gender and comics:

Read Comics and Graphic Novels:

In addition to the resources below, you can check out current graphic novels from the McLure Education Library. Browse the collection in person, or search Scout for the subject terms "comic books" OR "graphic novels" and limit your results to "print books."