This article examines the impact of women's studies on at-risk high school girls. This analysis was conducted within a larger intervention study examining the effect of women's studies on levels of sexual harassment within the school. As a teacher researcher, I observed that students were embracing terms traditionally degrading to women so I then began to study the language usage of the students in the course as a separate study. I assessed changes in the language usage of students and observed the evolution of their language. It became, as the course progressed, more egalitarian and em powered as they embraced feminist principles.
A Qualitative Investigation of Language Usage by Girls in a High School Women's Studies Course
Jennifer L. Martin
Teenage Girls’ Forays into Digital and School-Based Feminisms
Crystal Kim and Jessica Ringrose
articles on the subject. In it, Younis, founder of the feminist society at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, describes the abusive Twitter comments instigated by boy peers in response to the club’s “Who Needs Feminism” campaign. The administration at
Schooling Girls in Feminism and Femininity in 1970s ABC Afterschool Specials
Although representations of second-wave feminism in adult-oriented TV shows have received considerable scholarly attention, little has been written about feminist representations in 1970s television programs aimed at girls. To help address this gap, this article explores how ABC Afterschool Specials circulated ideas about feminism and femininity to young viewers. A close analysis of several episodes featuring tomboys demonstrates how Specials targeted girls through images of female progress and independence while simultaneously cautioning them about the dangers of women's liberation. Connecting the series' trend toward taming tomboys to the backlash against the women's and gay liberation movements, the analysis ultimately reveals textual patterns that convey both excitement and anxiety about the rising power of women and girls.
Exploring Girlhood Identity in Technology Camp
Jen England and Robert Cannella
of girls’ media production and American feminism” (2016: 2) and an opportunity for “understanding girls’ feminist blogs as a ‘hub’ that centers and makes visible larger cultural narratives about girls’ engagements with feminism today” (10). We let the
Demythologizing Girlhood in Kate Bernheimer’s Trilogy
. Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection . New York : Columbia University Press . Marcus , Stephen . 1985 . “ Freud and Dora: Story, History, Case History .” In In Dora’s Case: Freud, Hysteria, Feminism , ed. Charles Bernheimer and Claire
Weaknesses in Corporate and Law Enforcement Responses to Cyberviolence against Girls
Suzanne Dunn, Julie S. Lalonde, and Jane Bailey
feminism through a now defunct website for girls called Purple PJs. It had forums and columns written by and for young women. As a budding feminist living in an isolated small town in Northern Ontario, I was exposed, through Purple PJs, to the knowledge
Going Gogi book (2009) Gogi’s presence here, therefore, highlights the needs to bridge the economic divide between the urban and rural areas. Gogi’s appearance in the panel and her concern for the women becomes a plea for an intersectional feminism
Nexus of Complicity and Acts of Subversion in The Piano Teacher and Black Swan
Neha Arora and Stephan Resch
Michael Haneke’s The Piano Teacher (2001) and Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan (2010) are films about women directed by men. Both films unorthodoxly chart women artists’ struggle with the discipline imposed on them by the arts and by their live-in mothers. By portraying mothers as their daughters’ oppressors, both films disturb the naïve “women = victims and men = perpetrators” binary. Simultaneously, they deploy audiovisual violence to exhibit the violence of society’s gender and sexuality policy norms and use gender-coded romance narratives to subvert the same gender codes from within this gender discourse. Using Judith Butler’s and Michael Foucault’s theories, we argue that Haneke and Aronofsky “do” feminism unconventionally by exposing the nexus of women’s complicity with omnipresent societal power structures that safeguard gender norms. These films showcase women concurrently as victim-products and complicit partisans of socially constructed gender ideology to emphasize that this ideology can be destabilized only when women “do” their gender and sexuality differently through acts of subversion.
Elaine J. O'Quinn
Younger, Beth. 2009. Learning Curves: Body Image and Female Sexuality in Young Adult Literature. Scarecrow Studies in Young Adult Literature, No. 35. Lanham, Maryland: The Scarecrow Press, Inc.
(Queer) Girls’ Adolescence, Risk, and Subjectivity in Blue is the Warmest Color
This article explores the graphic representation of queer adolescent sexuality on offer in the coming-of-age graphic novel Blue is the Warmest Color. This representation, read alongside object relations psychoanalysis and in terms of feminist sexuality education theorizing, invites adult readers to reconsider the ways in which we think of the relationship between girls, risk, and sexuality. I propose that in order to honor girls’ sexual subjectivity, we must treat romantic risk-taking as an ordinary, healthy and essential aspect of growing up.