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Annamari Vänskä

Debates about little girls' loss of innocence, and the sexualization of girls have become an integral part of media in contemporary culture. Fashion advertising representing young girls and certain types of clothes are specifically prone to generate debates about sexualization. This article looks at the sexualization argument through two sets of fashion editorials, one in a December–January 2011 issue of French Vogue, and another in the December–January 1978 issue of the same magazine. The article exposes the problem of sexualization discourse that relates images to lived experiences of girls even though fashion advertising rarely, if ever, is interested in depicting reality. Sexualization is revealed to be a value statement—the Other of innocence which is set up as the norm. Furthermore, fashion photography is shown to be intertextual; images refer to other fashion photographs. In looking at these issues this article opens up space for discussing the visual and sartorial history of the sexual girl.

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Catherine Emerson

This article explores attitudes toward boyhood shaped by the traumatic experiences of the First World War. It focuses particularly on the work of the little-known French author, Paul Cazin, and his attempts to commemorate the entirety of “the lost generation” by transcending divisions of religion and secularism that characterized boyhood activities in France before the war. The figure of the “Manneken-Pis” enables him to do this and is particularly suited to the expression of conflicting attitudes toward militarism in boyhood. Cazin’s intellectual program leads to a reading of the famous Manneken-Pis fountain depicting a urinating boy as a religious artifact. A variety of interwar responses to the statue demonstrate the strength of emotion provoked by the figure of the young boy. The fact that these responses have been enshrined in modern cultural and artistic practices suggests the extent to which the experience of the First World War still conditions attitudes toward boyhood.

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Cinemas of Boyhood Part II

Timothy Shary

2011. If we look more broadly at postwar European cinema, we cannot forget the film that helped to inaugurate the French New Wave—Truffaut’s The 400 Blows ( 1959) —as well as other French classics about boys such as Murmur of the Heart (1971) , Au

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More Than Just a Simple Refrain?

The Figure of the Girl in International Cinema

Elspeth Mitchell

political issues of queerness and the problem of representation as well, particularly in relation to the intersection of gender, sexuality, and adolescence. In their respective chapters, Mary Harrod and Fiona Handyside both address French cinema's ability to

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Marie Puysségur

Introduction British filmmaker Andrea Arnold and her French counterpart, Céline Sciamma, often come together in their work. Like Arnold's American Honey ( 2016 ) and Sciamma's La Naissance des Pieuvres (Water lilies) ( 2007 ) before them, Bande

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Diederik F. Janssen

, there are ‘all sorts and conditions;’ environment moulds them” (Anon. 1890: 147). This merits a bit of intercontinental time-travel. Ecce puer : from Lord Baden-Powell’s and American contemporaries’ middle ages to late nineteenth-century Mexico’s French

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The Concept of Sentimental Boyhood

The Emotional Education of Boys in Mexico during the Early Porfiriato, 1876–1884

Carlos Zúñiga Nieto

the use of fear to instill obedience among boys. The first part of the article describes the influence of French educators during the Third Republic (1870–1940) on their Mexican counterparts—in particular, Ildefonso Estrada Zenea (1826–1912) and

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Becoming a Gentleman

Adolescence, Chivalry, and Turn-of-the-Century Youth Movements

Kent Baxter

tradition and adapts this tradition to turn-of-the-century British and American society. As Maurice Keen has pointed out, the word “chivalry” is derived from the French word chevalier , which in twelfth-century England and France, in its most basic sense

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The Biologically Vulnerable Boy

Framing Sex Differences in Childhood Infectious Disease Mortality

Heather T. Battles

) conclude the opposite, that the decline in infectious diseases disproportionately benefited girls. Data for France, for example, shows excess female mortality in girls aged five and older from the eighteenth century up to the turn of the twentieth ( Tabutin

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“Be Prepared!” (But Not Too Prepared)

Scouting, Soldiering, and Boys’ Roles in World War I

Lucy Andrew

young as thirteen, or even twelve, serving in France” (Van Emden [2005] 2012: xvii), and while such instances were far from common, the number of 14- to 18-year-olds who fought in the war was much higher. Among the boys who attempted to enlist, a