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Mean girls, queen bees and the absence of others

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posted on 2012-01-01, 00:00 authored by Kellie Sanders
Through an analysis of Rosalind Wiseman's popular text Queen Bees and Wannabes, this chapter explores the way that adolescent girls' friendships are positioned through a lens of the 'mean girl'. It questions the heteronormative discourse through which girls' friendships tend to be framed, and suggests that this discourse subscribes to what Rubin (2006) describes as the 'traffic' in women. Questioning how this discourse renders absent girls' friendships as passionate sites of intimate friendship, same-sex desire, the positives of girls' relationships of passionate love for girl friends, this chapter suggests female homosociality as a potential alternative to the limitation of the heteronormative lens.

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Title of book

Asia Pacific education: diversity, Ccallenges and Ccanges

Chapter number

15

Pagination

244 - 258

Publisher

Monash University Publishing

Place of publication

Clayton, Vic.

ISBN-13

9781921867408

Edition

1st

Language

eng

Publication classification

B2.1 Book chapter in non-commercially published book

Copyright notice

2012, Monash University Publishing

Extent

16

Editor/Contributor(s)

P Chan

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