New girl heroes : the rise of popular feminist commentators in an era of sexualisation

Charles, Claire 2012, New girl heroes : the rise of popular feminist commentators in an era of sexualisation, Gender and education, vol. 24, no. 3, Special Issue : Making sense of the sexualisation debates : Schools and beyond, pp. 317-323.

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Title New girl heroes : the rise of popular feminist commentators in an era of sexualisation
Author(s) Charles, Claire
Journal name Gender and education
Volume number 24
Issue number 3
Season Special Issue : Making sense of the sexualisation debates : Schools and beyond
Start page 317
End page 323
Total pages 7
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2012-05-01
ISSN 0954-0253
1360-0516
Keyword(s) girls
popular culture
sexualisation
education
Summary The level of public interest in what has variously been called ‘raunch culture’, ‘pornification’ or more broadly ‘sexualisation’ of culture, has created new opportunities for enterprising women. In recent years, a number of immensely popular books have emerged raising concerns about girls and sexualisation by female authors across Western nations such as the USA, Australia and the UK. Here, I explore the media work of two prominent Australian media commentators on girls and sexualisation, Melinda Tankard Reist and Dannielle Miller. I explore how, in their educative work designed to empower girls and free them from the stifling, damaging aspects of sexualised popular culture, these commentators may be citing and performing other normative dimensions of contemporary young femininity that go unremarked upon and are thus reinscribed as normal and expected.
Language eng
Field of Research 130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education
Socio Economic Objective 939904 Gender Aspects of Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30048309

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