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Jaime Rollins

This essay explores the differences between a practice called body modification and the behaviour known as self-injury (or self-harm, self-inflicted injury, self-mutilation, etc.), in which individuals purposefully harm themselves to get relief from strong emotion or in an attempt to gain control over themselves or their emotions. Although some consider both self-injury and body modification to be synonymous, I argue that self-injury is more like an addiction to many sufferers, making it like a mental illness or a disease. I use a narrative interview with a friend called 'Eva' to illustrate these differences from a self-harmer's point of view, and hope to show that while body modifiers are often proud of their transformations and view the process as a rite, self-harmers, in contrast, are often secretive and ashamed of their behaviour or addiction.

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Aiyana Altrows

Bringing rape stories into popular discussion was a crucial success of the Second Wave Women’s Liberation movement. Popular culture is now inundated with rape stories. However, the repetitive scripts and schemas that dominate these are often informed by neoliberal individualism that is antithetical to feminism. The contradictions that characterize the tensions between feminism and neoliberalism in these texts are typically postfeminist, combining often inconsistent feminist rhetoric with neoliberal ideology. By examining the use of the silent victim script in young adult rape fiction, in this article I argue that most young adult rape fiction presents rape as an individual, pathological defect and a precondition to be managed by girls on an individual basis, rather than an act of violence committed against them.

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From Adolescent Boys to Queer Young Men

Support for and Silencing of Queer Voice in Schools, Families, and Communities

Michael Sadowski

Gilligan (1996) and other feminist relational psychologists have identified a “silencing” to which adolescent girls are vulnerable when they confront pressures to conform to patriarchal values and norms in various social contexts. As Machoian (2005) and other researchers have noted, the silencing of girls’ authentic voices at adolescence is associated with heightened risk for depression and for suicide, cutting, eating disorders, and other self-harming behaviors. This article is based on in-depth interviews that examined the ways in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer-identifying youth might be subject to an analogous silencing of their authentic “queer voices.” Drawing on four case studies of male youth who participated in a larger qualitative research project, the article examines how schools, families, and communities both supported and silenced the authentic expression of their voices as gay- or queer-identifying boys. Since two of the case studies are based on interviews with participants at both late adolescence and young adulthood, the article also examines the effects of supportive factors over time and how they helped contribute to a purposeful, voiced sense of queer male identity as the participants reached manhood.

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Christianity and Sexuality

Girls and Women Forge New Paths

Sharon Woodill

chapter reveals the impact of guilt and shame imposed by such communities “resulting in self-harming [cutting], as well as in disembodied sexuality, where women disconnected from themselves during sexual events…” (74). This almost cavalier mention of what

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Terry Gifford, Anna Stenning, David Arnold, Pippa Marland, A.D. Harvey, Christopher North, Michael Conley, Mohammad Shafiqul Islam and Kate Wise

guilt in her going, her so subtle self-eclipse, no self-harm in her cutting the hill so slowly. No scent of her sweat remains, only moon memory marking the choices to be made in the bright light of day creeping towards us down the habit of our own

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Joanna Bourke

psychological disturbance (anxiety, depression, PTSD) and affecting life outcomes (sexual and social dysfunction, drug and alcohol abuse, self-harm, suicide). These forms of violence also generate major negative health outcomes for the victims’ families, friends

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Hope Chest

Demythologizing Girlhood in Kate Bernheimer’s Trilogy

Catriona McAra

camps and pirates endows the box with peril. The limited contents include specific objects that epitomize Lucy’s two disturbed sisters, both of whom self-harm. Moreover, when Lucy believes she is becoming engaged to her high school sweetheart, she kicks

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“Loving and Cruel, All at the Same Time”

Girlhood Identity in The Craft

Emily Chandler

’s individual trials (such as the racist bullying Rochelle endures or Sarah’s struggles with suicidal ideation and self-harm) serve as a near-perfect dramatization of Pipher’s argument. The representation of a friendship breakdown in The Craft also resonates

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Motorcycling in 1980s Athens

Popularization, Representational Politics, and Social Identities

Panagiotis Zestanakis

E. Alford and Suzanne Ferriss, Motorcycle (London: Reaktion Books, 2007), 74. 38 Anthony S. Di Stefano, “Suicidality and Self-Harm among Sexual Minorities in Japan,” Qualitative Health Research : 1429–1442, here: 1434. One of my interviewees

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Chaos in Siberia

New Scholarship on Exile in the Late Russian Empire

Jeffrey S. Hardy

Siberian exile. The arduous and monotonous nature of the labor—particularly mining in the Nerchinsk region—resulted in exiles committing new crimes or engaging in various forms of self-harm to escape it. Drunkenness, gambling, escape, murder, rape