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Mean, Wild, and Alienated

Girls and the State of Feminism in Popular Culture

Deirdre M. Kelly and Shauna Pomerantz

The article explores representations of "realistic" teen girlhood in popular culture in order to examine the current constructions of power made available to girls. Specifically, it focuses on three recent popular and critically acclaimed films: Mean Girls, Thirteen and Ghost World. The dominant discourses put forward in these films—girls as mean, as wild, and as alienated—naturalize negative behavior as a normal part of girlhood. In the terrain where these distinct, yet overlapping and reinforcing discourses on girlhood operate, postfeminism is taken for granted. Girls are portrayed as facing only individual concerns rather than any group-based injustices and, therefore, as not needing collective deliberation, evaluation, or action to solve their problems. The resulting discursive formation works to limit access to feminist and other oppositional discourses that name girls' experiences and link their feelings to the ongoing quest for gender justice.

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Coulthard, Glen Sean. Red Skin, White Masks

Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition

Elaine Coburn

committed to gender justice, among other aims. As Coulthard makes clear, taken together, this programme is nothing less than revolutionary. In supporting the renewal of Indigenous practices and values, movements of Indigenous resurgence seek to move beyond

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Robert Morrell

the NGO sector, led by Sonke Gender Justice, the biggest and most influential of the organizations, which for nearly two decades has worked with men to pursue gender equality ( Dworkin et al. 2013 ; Peacock 2013 ). There has been a close

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Raewyn Connell

a much harder time. The idea of gender justice did not die, and gender-equity projects flourished in many places, notably in South Africa after 1994 and in South America after the military dictatorships crumbled. But gender activists everywhere had

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Sight and Touch between East and West

Ethics, Ethnography and Social Theory

Liene Ozolina

in the 1990s the Western feminists were struck by many East European women reluctant to seek emancipation and instead eager to stay at home and raise children ( Gal and Kligman 2000 ). Just this year, there was a march again for gender justice on

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Introduction

Theorizing Boys’ Literacies and Boys’ Literatures in Contemporary Times

Garth Stahl and Cynthia Brock

Education 7 ( 1 ): 1 – 6 . doi:10.1080/13603110210143608 . 10.1080/13603110210143608 Keddie , Amanda . 2007 . “ Issues of Power, Masculinity, and Gender Justice: Sally’s Story of Teaching Boys .” Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of

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Sakai Magara

Activist Girl of Early Twentieth Century Japan

Barbara Hartley

campaigned in 2015 and 2016 for democratic processes in government, Fukuda Wakako, who was one of the co-founders, has continued to remain active, particularly in advocating for gender justice. In line with the global MeToo movement, much current activism by

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Redefining Representation

Black Trans and Queer Women’s Digital Media Production

Moya Bailey

achieving Racial and Gender Justice.” 3 They set out to create a health guide that would help brown bois advocate for better health outcomes for themselves when interacting with health care providers, friends, and family. Aptly titled Freeing Ourselves: A

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This Was the One for Me

AfD Women's Origin Stories

Christina Xydias

's Department of Political Science, and two anonymous reviewers for helpful feedback on earlier drafts. All errors that remain are the author's. Mala Htun and S. Laurel Weldon, The Logics of Gender Justice: State Action on Women's Rights Around the World

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Kenneth Bo Nielsen

conservative, patriarchal norms and values prevail. Evidently, questions of gender justice and representation also animated Debi’s activism. Debi’s wish to keep the roadblock going also reflected deeper disagreements over strategy and method. When the roadblock