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The Girl in the Mirror

The Psychic Economy of Class in the Discourse of Girlhood Studies

Valerie Hey

This article questions Angela McRobbie's recent text The Aftermath of Feminism: Gender, Culture and Social Change because it creates some interesting new vocabulary for understanding late modernity's revised sexual and cultural politics. Whilst acknowledging the sophistication of its cultural studies-inspired argument, I consider some consequences of this reading. If theory also performs as a politics of representation, I ask what happens if, in accounting for post-feminism, the theoretical status of class as an antagonistic relation is diminished. I suggest what gender and education discourses can add to a reading of 'new times'.

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Emma Celeste Bedor

; Mendelson 2014) . The interconnectedness of revenge pornography websites to such crimes, however, is as of yet unmentioned at the time of writing. Intersecting Theories: The Gaze, Voyeurism, Neoliberalism, and Post-feminism Gazing and Carnal

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Queering masculinity

Re-Theorising Contemporary Tomboyism in the Schizoid Space of Innocent/Heterosexualized Young Femininities

Emma Renold

This article critically explores the seduction of contemporary tomboyism for young tweenage girls within neo-liberal postfeminist times and an increasingly commodified (hetero)sexualised girlhood culture. A central aim of the article is to contextualize the persistence of the tomboy discourse and girls' appropriation of tomboyism within competing schizoid discourses of presumed innocence and compulsory normative (hetero)sexuality. Drawing on past and current predominantly UK based ethnographic research mapping girls' relationship to tomboyism, the first half of the article considers how to theorise girls' fluid appropriation of 'being a bit tomboy' within a discursive terrain of multiple femininities and fashion feminism. The second half of the article revisits a case study of one eleven-year-old self-identified tomboy, Eric/a, to re-think conceptualisations of girls' sustained appropriation of 'tomboy' as more than some licensed mimicry of masculinity when it is taken-up as a performative politics of subverting emphasized (hetero)sexualized femininities. The article concludes with a call for future theorizations of girlhood (for example, tomboyism) that foreground the intersection of gender, sex, sexuality, age and time and their socio-cultural and contextual contingency.

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Communist Feminism

The Unfulfilled Possibilities of a Difficult Relationship

Jane Slaughter

Recent pronouncements of the swift and painful death of Marxism, and repeated debates over the demise of feminism, or the meaning of neo-feminism or post-feminism, make the discussion of the relationship between communism and feminism an important one. Given the events of 1989 and the twists and turns of more recent global politics, understanding the history of the past relationships between these two ideologies and movements might help us to determine whether there is still life in these two movements, and whether they can overcome their differences to create a synthesis that is more than the sum of its parts. As an historian I would like to consider these issues by looking at the past and listening to what others have had to say about them. As a feminist I will occasionally insert some of my own ideas and judgements into the discussion.

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Smart Girl Identity

Possibilities and Implications

Bernice Loh

BOOK REVIEW Shauna Pomerantz and Rebecca Raby. 2017. Smart Girls: Success, School, and the Myth of Post-Feminism . Oakland, CA: University of California Press. This book makes a significant contribution to curr ent scholarship on girls who are seen

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More Than Just a Simple Refrain?

The Figure of the Girl in International Cinema

Elspeth Mitchell

also to economic deprivation, politics, post-feminism, and consumer cultures. For Hipkins, Un giorno special (A special day) (Francesca Comencini 2012) and Come tu mi vuoi (As you desire me) (Volfango De Biasi 2007) challenge straightforward

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Working Hard, Hanging Back

Constructing the Achieving Girl

Colette Slagle

destabilize the category of achieving girl and to explore the wider power structures implicated in this categorization. Specifically, Paule links the discourse of the achieving girl to neoliberalism and post-feminism. In the introductory chapter of Girlhood

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Naughtiest Girls, Go Girls, and Glitterbombs

Exploding Schoolgirl Fictions

Lucinda McKnight

identity, and McRobbie’s (2009) heteroglossic compression of post-feminism into hyperfeminized top girl, isolated, diminished, and simultaneously enabled, and we have the theoretical components of a glitterbomb, an intervention into conventional

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Contemporary Girls Studies

Reflections on the Inaugural International Girls Studies Association Conference

Victoria Cann, Sarah Godfrey, and Helen Warner

’s empirical study of girls’ experiences of being smart in the Canadian education system in Smart Girls: Success, School, and the Myth of Post-Feminism (2011). Emergent Themes In this special issue we have focused specifically on articles that engage with

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Sarah E. Whitney

Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls . New York : Riverhead . Pomerantz , Shauna , and Rebecca Raby . 2017 . Smart Girls: Success, School, and the Myth of Post-Feminism . Oakland : University of California Press . 10.1525/california