Constructions of education and resistance within popular feminist commentary on girls and sexualisation

Charles, Claire 2012, Constructions of education and resistance within popular feminist commentary on girls and sexualisation, Deakin University : Alfred Deakin Research Institute, Geelong, Vic.

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Title Constructions of education and resistance within popular feminist commentary on girls and sexualisation
Alternative title Constructions of education and resistance within popular feminist commentary on girls and sexualisation. Working paper no. 35
Author(s) Charles, Claire
Publication date 2012-08
Series Alfred Deakin Research Institute working paper series two
Issue number no. 35
Total pages 15
Publisher Deakin University : Alfred Deakin Research Institute
Place of publication Geelong, Vic
Keyword(s) girls
sexualisation
education
Summary We are currently witnessing a renewed vigour to ongoing concerns about the sexualisation of young women and girls in western popular culture. This paper takes up Angela McRobbie’s concerns that the commercial sphere has become a primary site for talking about, and educating, girls and young women (McRobbie, 2008). I first explore the growth in ‘expert’ commentary, on girls and sexualisation, drawing on the work of a number of commentators and authors from the USA, the UK and Australia, who have become ubiquitous media commentators on issues facing girls, including sexualisation. I then draw on feminist and education theory to explore the possible limitations of how education is conceived within this cultural site, particularly with respect to constructions of girls’ resistance. In the final part of the paper I show how girls’ resistance is complicated in postfeminist, neoliberal societies and I propose that education scholarship and practice must confront the ways in which girls’ resistance is bound up in their developing classed and raced identities.
ISBN 9781921745348
ISSN 1837-7440
1837-7432
Language eng
Field of Research 130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education
Socio Economic Objective 939904 Gender Aspects of Education
HERDC Research category A6 Research report/technical paper
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30049391

Document type: Report
Collection: School of Education
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