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Mediated Girlhoods

New Explorations of Girls’ Media Culture

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Edited By Mary Celeste Kearney

Mediated Girlhoods: New Explorations of Girls’ Media Culture is the first anthology devoted specifically to scholarship on girls’ media culture. Taking a cultural studies approach, it includes analyses of girls’ media representations, media consumption, and media production. The book responds to criticisms of previous research in the field by including studies of girls who are not white, middle-class, heterosexual, or Western, while also including historical research. Approaching girlhood, media, and methodology broadly, Mediated Girlhoods contains studies of previously unexplored topics, such as feminist themes in teen magazines, girlmade memory books, country girlhoods, girls’ self-branding on YouTube, and the surveillance of girls via new media technologies. The volume serves as a companion to Mediated Boyhoods: Boys, Teens, and Young Men in Popular Media and Culture, edited by Annette Wannamaker.

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5 This Tween Bridge over My Latina Girl Back: The U.S. Mainstream Negotiates Ethnicity Angharad N. Valdivia 93

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FIve This Tween Bridge over My Latina Girl Back: The U.S. Mainstream Negotiates Ethnicity Angharad N. Valdivia How can we—this time—not use our bodies to be thrown over a river of tormented history to bridge the gap? . . . I cannot continue to use my body to be walked over to make a connection, — Cherríe Moraga, This Bridge Called My Back (xv) In 1981 Gloria Anzaldúa and Cherríe Moraga co-edited the now classic and canonical This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color. Seen now as an opening salvo for cross-ethnic alliances among feminists, the book included essays by and about Chicanas, African American, Asian American, and Native American women.1 Its cover included the outline of a nude woman on all fours, whose head is cut off by the left-hand side of the book but whose back visu- ally anchors the metaphor of the bridge at the level of the body or “theory in the flesh,” the concept deployed by Moraga within the book. Twenty-eight years later, collections about women of color and lesbian women are much less unusual than Anzaldúa and Moraga’s collection was at the time of its publication.2 As a relative newcomer to the fields of Gender, Feminist, and Women’s Studies, Girls’ Stud- ies inherits this complex and intersectional history. Girls, like women, come in a range of ethnicities. It behooves Girls’ Studies scholars to remember the clarion call issued by Anzaldúa and Moraga in 1981. Whose back carries...

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