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 ElizabethORCID iD for 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
Keyword(s) young femininities
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
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