Much previous scholarly work has noted the gendered nature of humor and the notion that women use comedy in a different way than do their male peers. Drawing on prior work on gender and humor, and my ethnographic work on teen girl cultures, I explore in this article how young women utilize popular cultural texts as well as everyday and staged comedy as part of a gendered resource that provides potential sites for sex-gender transgression and conformity. Through a series of vignettes, I explore how girls do funny and provide a backdrop to perform youthful gendered identities, as well as establish, maintain, and transgress cultural and social boundaries. Moving on to explore young women and stand-up I question the potential in mobilizing humor as an educational resource and a site in which to explore sex-gender norms with young people.
Girlhood in Renaissance England
resistance to social and sexual boundaries. In chapter two, Higginbotham continues her examination of female characters in late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century drama, looking at those who resist such social boundaries. Girlhood was a space of greater
Girls Cultivating Disruption
Crystal Leigh Endsley
understanding of how subjectivity is produced, performed, represented and policed in the United States and beyond” (2017: 120) is critical to survival. SPW does not exclude experiences that emerge beyond normalized social boundaries based on gender. Rather, it