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Raunch culture goes to school? : young women, normative femininities and elite education

Charles, Claire 2010, Raunch culture goes to school? : young women, normative femininities and elite education, Media international Australia, no. 135, pp. 61-70.

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Title Raunch culture goes to school? : young women, normative femininities and elite education
Author(s) Charles, Claire
Journal name Media international Australia
Issue number 135
Start page 61
End page 70
Total pages 10
Publisher University of Queensland
Place of publication St Lucia, Qld.
Publication date 2010-05
ISSN 1329-878X
2200-467X
Keyword(s) mass media and culture - Australia
young women - Australia
women in mass media
feminism - Australia
sexism in mass media
heterosexism in schools
Summary Public concern about popular culture’s sexualisation of women and girls is regularly voiced in the Australian media. Young women grow up against a backdrop of ‘raunch culture’ (Levy, 2005), which for some scholars represents a ‘new’ femininity (Gill, 2007), in which ‘hyper-sexual’ forms of (hetero)sexual expression are now expected of young women and girls, despite ostensibly being about choice and personal empowerment. In this article, I explore the constructions of girlhood and femininity amongst young women attending an elite, single-sex, private school in Melbourne, Australia. Elite schooling for girls is often associated with highly classed notions of (hetero)sexual modesty and propriety, epitomised in the reality television program Ladette to Lady. Here I consider how hyper-sexualities are configured within students’ constructions of themselves and others, and I explore their relationship to classed expectations of identity for privileged girls. I examine the role that classed norms of identity play in mediating these girls’ negotiations of hyper-sexualities.
Language eng
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, University of Queensland
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30037182

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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