Girl next door

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This article is about the cultural stereotype. For other uses, see Girl Next Door (disambiguation).
"All-American girl" redirects here. For other uses, see All American Girl (disambiguation).

The girl next door or the All-American girl is an archetype of a cute, kind, unassuming, and honest girl or woman who lives next door, often in a romantic story.

The male equivalent is the "boy next door". During World War II, American propaganda often invoked her as the symbol of all things American.[1] Songs on the armed forces request radio programs were not of Rosie the Riveter but of the girls who were waiting for soldiers.[2] Many such songs were also popular at the home front.[3] Themes of love, loneliness and separation were given more poignancy by the war.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Meghan K. Winchell, Good Girls, Good Food, Good Fun p 73 ISBN 978-0-8078-3237-0
  2. ^ John Costello, Virtue Under Fire p 125 ISBN 0-316-73968-5
  3. ^ William L. O'Neill, A Democracy At War: America's Fight At Home and Abroad in World War II, p 262 ISBN 0-02-923678-9
  4. ^ Robert Heide and John Gilman, Home Front America: Popular Culture of the World War II Era p 116 ISBN 0-8118-0927-7, OCLC 31207708

Further reading[edit]

  • Deborah Jermyn, "Death of the Girl Next Door": Celebrity, Femininity, and Tragedy in the Murder of Jill Dando, Feminist Media Studies, Vol. 1 No. 3 (Nov. 2001)
  • Michael Levine, Feeling For Buffy — The Girl Next Door in Michael Levine and Steven Schneider, Buffy and Philosophy, Open Court Press 2003
  • Frank Rich, Journal: The Girl Next Door, New York Times, Feb. 20, 1994
  • Michael Walker, SHE SPITS ON THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, Los Angeles Times, Feb. 6, 1994
  • Elizabeth Wurtzel, Women: Read my lips: Are you a girl next door or a second wife?, The Guardian, Dec. 22, 1998

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