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Girls’ Sexualities and the Media

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Edited By Kate Harper, Yasmina Katsulis, Vera Lopez and Georganne Scheiner Gillis

This anthology provides exciting, innovative research focused on the construction of adolescent girls’ sexuality in the media. The volume includes a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives from the humanities and the social sciences, addressing how girls and others respond to, work with, and even resist prevailing media representations of girls’ sexualities and how they use contemporary media as a form of sexual expression.
The authors consider a wide array of sexual attitudes, behaviors, and expressions not commonly seen in the sexualities literature, including the voices of «other» girls whose voices are often ignored, particularly racial/ethnic minority and indigenous girls, sexual minorities, and girls from non-U.S. settings. The use of ethnographic data, in conjunction with media analysis techniques, provides a unique approach to the media studies genre, which tends to highlight an analysis of media content, as opposed to the ways in which media is used in everyday life.

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Acknowledgments ............................................................................................. ix Foreword ............................................................................................................ xi Catherine Driscoll Girls’ Sexualities and the Media: The Power of the Media .......................... 1 Yasmina Katsulis, Vera Lopez, Kate Harper, and Georganne Scheiner Gillis PART ONE: HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY MEDIA 1 The Girls of Carvel: Adolescent Desire in Andy Hardy Films ............ 29 Georganne Scheiner Gillis 2 “Sensible Safety Rules”: Class, Race, and Girls’ Sexual Vulnerability in the U.S. Print Media, 1950–1970 ........................................................ 45 Jennifer Helgren 3 Snogging, Stereotypes, and Subversion: Girls’ Sexuality in the Harry Potter Series ............................................................................ 61 Kate Harper Table of Contents vi 4 The Pleasures of Danger and the Dangers of Pleasure: The Inversion of Gender Relations in the Twilight Series .................... 77 Suzan Walters and Michael Kimmel 5 “She’s All That”: Girl Sexuality and Teen Film .................................... 93 Catherine Driscoll 6 Wrecked and Redeemed: Religio-Political Pedagogy and MTV’s 16 and Pregnant ...................................................................... 109 Amanda Rossie 7 Just Say Me? (Mis)representing Female Adolescent Sexual Agency on The Secret Life of the American Teenager ................................. 123 Elena Frank 8 Producing Girl Citizens as Agents of Health: An Analysis of HPV Media Campaigns in the United States ................................. 139 Kellie Burns and Cristyn Davies PART TWO: MEDIA USE AND SELF-REPRESENTATION 9 “Hyperfeminine” Subcultures: Rethinking Gender Subjectivity and the Discourse of Sexuality Among Adolescent Girls in Contemporary Japan ........................................................................... 157 Isaac Gagné 10 Favela Models: Sexual Virtue and Hopeful Narratives of Beauty in Brazil .................................................................................. 173 Alvaro Jarrin 11 “Chongas” in the Media: The Ethno-Sexual Politics of Latina Girls’ Hypervisibility .................................................................. 187 Jillian Hernandez 12 Heteroflexibility: Female Performance and Pleasure ........................ 211 Jennifer Apple Table of...

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