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Erotic capital, popular pedagogy, and healthy adolescent female sexuality

Bullen, Elizabeth 2011, Erotic capital, popular pedagogy, and healthy adolescent female sexuality, Girlhood studies, vol. 4, no. 2, Winter, pp. 9-27.

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Title Erotic capital, popular pedagogy, and healthy adolescent female sexuality
Author(s) Bullen, Elizabeth
Journal name Girlhood studies
Volume number 4
Issue number 2
Season Winter
Start page 9
End page 27
Total pages 19
Publisher Berghahn Journals
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2011
ISSN 1938-8209
1938-8322
Keyword(s) chick lit
desire
erotic capital
pleasure
popular pedagogy
sex education
sexualized society
Summary The sexualization of the female body in contemporary media has created considerable anxiety about its impact on girls. Much of the resulting research focuses on the influence of visual media on body image and the flow-on effects for girls' health. Rather less attention is paid to the pedagogical role of popular romance fiction in teaching girls about their sexuality. Given the pronounced increase in eroticized fiction for girls over the past decade, this is a significant oversight. This article applies Hakim's (2010) concept of erotic capital to two chick lit novels for girls. The elements of erotic capital—assets additional to economic, cultural and social capital—are used to explore the lessons these novels teach about girl sexual subjectivities and sociality in a sexualized culture.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 200526 Stylistics and Textual Analysis
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2011
Copyright notice ©2011, Berghahn Books
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30042063

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