Complicating hetero-femininities : young women, sexualities and girl power at school

Charles, Claire Elizabeth 2010, Complicating hetero-femininities : young women, sexualities and girl power at school, International journal of qualitative studies in education, vol. 23, no. 1, Special issue : After‐Queer tendencies in queer research, pp. 33-47, doi: 10.1080/09518390903447135.

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Title Complicating hetero-femininities : young women, sexualities and girl power at school
Author(s) Charles, Claire Elizabeth
Journal name International journal of qualitative studies in education
Volume number 23
Issue number 1
Season Special issue : After‐Queer tendencies in queer research
Start page 33
End page 47
Total pages 15
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2010-01
ISSN 0951-8398
1366-5898
Keyword(s) young femininities
sexualities
schooling
Summary This paper is concerned with expanding knowledge of how femininity/sexuality intersections are constituted in secondary schools. Existing studies have drawn upon Judith Butler’s notion of a ‘heterosexual matrix’ in order to understand how intersections of femininity/sexuality are produced in schools through normative discourses of heterosexuality and gender. Drawing on ‘after-queer’ theoretical resources from within cultural studies that focus on the deployment of notions of sexuality within constructions of intelligible citizenship, I explore how the femininity/sexuality intersection within secondary schools might be complicated, when the significance of discourses of ‘girl power’, linked with successful neoliberal citizenship, is considered. I analyse young women’s discussions of key ‘girl power’ icons in popular culture, generated through fieldwork in an elite girls’ school in Australia. Throughout the analysis I explore how understanding intersections of femininity/sexuality in secondary schools requires an analytical framework that can attend to both familiar notions of heterosexuality and gender – and their ongoing currency – as well as how notions of sexuality are mobilized in the production of successful neoliberal girl citizens. I propose that this analytical approach is useful in terms of avoiding the reinscription of sexuality identity categories in education research.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/09518390903447135
Field of Research 130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30037181

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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