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Miley, What’s Good?

Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda, Instagram Reproductions, and Viral Memetic Violence

Aria S. Halliday

appropriating Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda cover photo and her public responses to these memes, I explore how popular memetic culture—at the intersections of discourses on Black women’s bodies, feminism, sexuality, desire, and performance—positions these bodies as

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Who (the) Girls and Boys Are

Gender Nonconformity in Middle-Grade Fiction

Michele Byers

. Michelle Abate (2008) reads eight-year-old Georgia in Tomboy Trouble ( Wyeth 1998 ), as an active participant in her own gender performance, arguing that the book reveals that “gender is not something that is , but rather something that is continually

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How to Survive the Postfeminist Impasse

Grace Helbig’s Affective Aesthetics

Catherine McDermott

postfeminism. Instead, I argue that an affective approach is key to understanding how performances like Helbig’s work both with and against postfeminist cultural norms. For instance, Berlant’s coinage of the term “juxtapolitical” (2008: 10) opens up discussion

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Marie Puysségur

framed by risk and possibility. Girls, Catherine Driscoll posits, are “products and performances of the long history of Western discourses on gender, sex, age, and identity” (2002: 7) that have defined feminine adolescence as the disruptive boundary

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I’m Not Loud, I’m Outspoken

Narratives of Four Jamaican Girls’ Identity and Academic Success

Rowena Linton and Lorna McLean

discussion of how these responses influenced their performance of what we call black womaness. Suffering Injustices at School The girls felt that injustices were present in their schools, classrooms, and society, as was evidence of discrimination, especially

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Consuming Katniss

Spectacle and Spectatorship in The Hunger Games

Samantha Poulos

that performance is key to doing well in the games yet is unable to perform these false identities. Katniss's Capitol-appointed stylist, Cinna, suggests, however, that audiences would admire her spirit and that she should just be honest, and she takes

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Queering Virginity

From Unruly Girls to Effeminate Boys

Eftihia Mihelakis

on virginity in non-Western cinema. In the eighth and final chapter, “The Policing of Viragos and Other ‘Fuckable’ Bodies: Virginity as Performance in Latin America,” Tracy Crowe Morey and Adriana Spahr begin “with the epistemological (or performed

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Freak Temporality

Female Adolescence in the Novels of Carson McCullers

Alison Sperling

studies is a “fascinating sub-discipline” of disability studies. He defines “freakery” as “the intentional performance of constructed abnormality as entertainment” (2005: n.p.), arguing for the potential of conceiving of freaks not merely as voiceless and

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Chloe Krystyna Garcia and Ayesha Vemuri

how girls and young women use YouTube as a mode of self-expression and gender performance, only a paucity of literature analyzes this platform to understand how young women communicate about rape culture. Douglas Kellner and Gooyong Kim observe, “There

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Stephanie Russo

marginalized femininity that speaks to the experience of teenage girls struggling to find their place in a world that seems to both reward and punish them for their femininity. Taking on Natalie Dormer's performance of Boleyn in The Tudors as the definitive