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On Not Talking to Strangers

Researching the Micro Worlds of Girls through Visual Auto-ethnographic Practices

Gerry Bloustien and Sarah Baker

How can visual ethnography help us to understand the nature and the complexity of the (ethnic/gendered/classed) experience of growing up? Drawing on two ethnographic projects, we discuss the purposes and the difficulties of the particular methodology of auto-visual ethnography which we deployed. Our specific focus was the relation- shipand the tension between the representation and the individual everyday experiences. Through focusing upon the micro worlds of the young people themselves within their wider ‘parent’ cultures, their engagement with home, school, and outside leisure activities, were revealed to be strategically (if sometimes unconsciously) part of much larger overlapping social spheres and powerful cultural influ- ences. The pre-teenage and teenage female participants were invited to document any aspects of their worlds on cameras and video.

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The Case of the Paradoxical Teenage Girl

How Nancy Drew, Corliss Archer, and Gidget Pacifi ed Patriarchal Concerns and Appeased American Girls

Diana Belscamper

Review of Ilana Nash, American Sweethearts: Teenage Girls in Twentieth-Century Popular Culture

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Ruptures in the Heterosexual Matrix Through Teenage Flows and Multiplicities

Bronwyn Davies, Marnina Gonick, Kristina Gottschall, and Jo Lampert

This article analyzes a series of stories and artworks that were produced in a collective biography workshop. It explores Judith Butler's concept of the heterosexual matrix combined with a Deleuzian theoretical framework. The article begins with an overview of Butler's concept of the heterosexual matrix and her theorizations on how it might be disrupted. It then suggests how a Deleuzian framework offers other tools for analyzing these ruptures at the micro level of girls' everyday interactions.

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Are Teenage Girls Funny? Laughter, Humor and Young Women's Performance of Gender and Sexual Agency

Fiona Cullen

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.

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Contemporary Girlhood and Anne Boleyn in Young Adult Fiction

Stephanie Russo

perhaps unlikely group of readers—young women and teenage girls. Anne Boleyn has not only become the subject of an enthusiastic online fandom, but her story is now frequently retold in Young Adult (YA) historical fictions. Young Adult Fiction and Anne

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Removing Barriers to Science and the Outdoors for Teenage Youth and Early Career Professionals in the US Arctic and Beyond

An Expedition-Based Model

Joanna Young, Sarah Clement, and Erin Pettit

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Inspiring Girls* Expeditions is a global organization that empowers 16- to 18-year-old youth through 12-day backcountry science and art expeditions, including in the US Arctic and Subarctic. Because science and outdoor fields are historically white- and male-dominated, Inspiring Girls* follows an intersectional approach to welcome youth with marginalized genders, people of color, Indigenous people, and other marginalized groups into these arenas. Inspiring Girls* also provides professional development for early career scientist, artist, and outdoor guide instructors. We discuss how Inspiring Girls* leverages our own research as well as best practices from the literature to prioritize such strategies as intentionally building diverse teams, offering a tuition-free format, and participating in community learning to reimagine the inclusivity of science and outdoor fields in the Arctic and beyond.

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Precarious Girls and (Cruel) Optimism

Protecting Sexually Abused Teenage Girls

Rosemary R. Carlton

's optimistic message for sexually abused teenage girls deviates from the concentration on risk that traditionally permeates and defines CPS, that distinct segment of Canada's welfare state responsible for ensuring children's safety from all forms of

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“Your Young Lesbian Sisters”

Queer Girls’ Voices in the Liberation Era

Amanda H. Littauer

of the Daughters of Bilitis to exclude minors but devoted several pages to the isolation that teen lesbians felt and the need for support services for lesbian youth. Their archival collection includes a folder of letters from teenage lesbians, who not

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Reading Production and Culture

UK Teen Girl Comics from 1955 to 1960

Joan Ormrod

Teen girl comics appeared in the mid-1950s, a pivotal moment in popular culture when the teenage girl was identified as a member of a potentially lucrative market, and American culture began to pervade British teenage music, fashion, and attitudes

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The Girl

Dead

Fiona Nelson

-genre of YA literature that I call the dead girl genre. I am concerned with books in which the death of the central teenage female character figures prominently. Often, she appears as the posthumous narrator or, if the book is told in the third person, the