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Contemporary Girls Studies

Reflections on the Inaugural International Girls Studies Association Conference

Victoria Cann, Sarah Godfrey, and Helen Warner

“this plenary was a wonderful way to showcase the collaborative impact activist-based research work is making” (n.p.). A key strength of any interdisciplinary conference and seminar that explores contemporary childhoods and girl-hoods is not only the

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Authenticity and Aspiration

Exploring the CBBC Television Tween

Sarah Godfrey

have fun. The trio of Jas, Martha, and Lily functions to create a whole in that each individual’s strengths and weaknesses are positioned in relation to the group. In episodes in which one of the girls breaks rank with the group, all group members are

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Narratives of Ambivalence

The Ethics of Vulnerability and Agency in Research with Girls in the Sex Trade

Alexandra Ricard-Guay and Myriam Denov

complexity and plurality of these girls’ own sense of self ( Ricard-Guay 2015 ). Thus, it becomes central to include girls’ voices in order to explore not only their vulnerabilities, but also their agency, strength, resilience, and coping strategies ( Saewyc

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Paula MacDowell

with her mother where she sees all those magazines that are prescriptive texts telling her how to be and picks up a cooking magazine that acts as a mask or screen to hide behind. By sharing her viewpoints, Meledy finds strength. She uses her voice. By

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Cynthia Maurer

, thus becomes a source of strength for Ashley and Sylvia’s friendship; Ashley sees value in Sylvia’s craziness and confidence, articulating that value for her friend. Brittany, who is familiar with Zoey 101 , did not dispute Ashley’s claim, nor does she

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Sarah E. Whitney

’ contributions, strength, and resilience. Black Girl Magic creates visibility for girls of color in a primarily white postfeminist space by demanding affirmative recognition, and by claiming an aesthetic of sparkly brilliance which, as Mary Celeste Kearney (2015

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Being a Responsible Violent Girl?

Exploring Female Violence, Self-management, and ADHD

Hanna Bertilsdotter Rosqvist and Linda Arnell

power and that of the girl in crisis. The discourse of girl power (based on the actively engaged girl) includes concepts of self-determination, inner strength, and being true to oneself as important features for which to strive, and as a powerful

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Lolita Speaks

Disrupting Nabokov’s “Aesthetic Bliss”

Michele Meek

still and I don’t have the strength to kick. I don’t care about anything anymore, nothing in the world.” She now feels that she “stink[s] of incest” (138) and is “the sex slave of a French creep” (140). Despite their initial sexual encounter during which

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Brian Bergen-Aurand

This issue acknowledges the work of Rosalie Fish (Cowlitz), Jordan Marie Daniels (Lakota), and the many others who refuse to ignore the situation that has allowed thousands of Indigenous women and girls to be murdered or go missing across North America without the full intervention of law enforcement and other local authorities. As Rosalie Fish said in an interview regarding her activism on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG),

"I felt a little heavy at first just wearing the paint. And I think that was . . . like my ancestors letting me know . . . you need to take this seriously: “What you’re doing, you need to do well.” And I think that’s why I felt really heavy when I first put on my paint and when I tried to run with my paint at first. . . . I would say my personal strength comes from my grandmas, my mom, my great grandma, and I really hope that’s true, that I made them proud." (Inland Northwest Native News interview)

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Way to Go

The Significance of Place for Girls and Girlhood Studies

Eva Hoffmann

of critical self-reflection are integral to the programmatic vision of Girlhood and the Politics of Place and one of the biggest strengths of this outstanding book. The willingness of the authors to position themselves in relation to their research