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'Go Grrrl!' : constructions of femininity in the textual practices of elite girls' schooling

Charles, Claire 2008, 'Go Grrrl!' : constructions of femininity in the textual practices of elite girls' schooling, in AARE 2008 : Changing climates : education for sustainable futures. Proceedings of the 2008 Australian Association for Research in Education conference, Australian Association for Research in Education, Coldstream, Vic., pp. 1-13.

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Title 'Go Grrrl!' : constructions of femininity in the textual practices of elite girls' schooling
Author(s) Charles, Claire
Conference name Australian Association for Research in Education. Conference (2008 : Brisbane, Qld)
Conference location Brisbane, Qld.
Conference dates 30 Nov. - 4 Dec. 2008
Title of proceedings AARE 2008 : Changing climates : education for sustainable futures. Proceedings of the 2008 Australian Association for Research in Education conference
Editor(s) Jeffery, Peter L.
Publication date 2008
Conference series Australian Association for Research in Education Conference
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Publisher Australian Association for Research in Education
Place of publication Coldstream, Vic.
Summary In this paper I consider the utility of discourses of ‘girl power’ for understanding, and complicating, the way youthful femininities are produced in schooling. The paper is concerned with expanding the possibilities for how queer theoretical resources might be utilized within studies of girls and schooling. Existing studies have drawn upon Judith Butler’s notion of a ‘heterosexual matrix’ for understanding, and attending to, the way normative discourses of heterosexuality underpin the school-based production of youthful femininities. The term ‘heterofemininities’ has been used in order to label these school-produced intersections of sex/gender/sexuality. Drawing on discourses of ‘girl power’ that gather around ‘voice’ and responsibility, I propose that the production of ‘hetero-femininities’ within educational contexts might be further explored, and thus complicated, when the significance of discourses of ‘girl power’ 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. In this analysis I explore the intersections of gender/sexuality/girl power that are produced in the young women’s textual practices.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
ISSN 1324-9339
Language eng
Field of Research 130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education
Socio Economic Objective 939904 Gender Aspects of Education
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2008, AARE
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30037197

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