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Girls’ Sexualities and the Media


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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Our aim in developing this anthology was to begin the kind of dialogue necessary for a transformation of scholarship that transcends disciplinary boundaries, including scholars from the humanities and social sciences, anthro- pology, sociology, history, cultural studies, and gender studies. This collection of essays represents a culmination of those efforts. The concept for this book began in the spring of 2010 with a seminar on girls’ sexuality at Arizona State University. The seminar culminated in a sympo- sium, “Girls’ Sexualities: A Transdisciplinary Perspective,” in April 2010, featur- ing guest speakers Dr. Meda Chesney-Lind, Dr. Deborah Tolman, and Dr. Mary Odem. Our sincerest thanks to these scholars for not only making the symposium a success, but for breaking ground in girls’ research and making our own research possible. The Institute for Humanities Research provided funding for the symposium and this anthology, and we thank its director, Regents’ Pro- fessor Sally L. Kitch, for her gracious support. Funding and support were also provided by the School of Social Transformation and its director, Dr. Mary Margaret Fonow. Our appreciation to Sharon R. Mazzarella, who saw great promise in the collection as an addition to the Mediated Youths series. Thanks to Mary, Sarah, and Jackie at Peter Lang for diligently working with us through every step of the process. We would like to thank our colleagues and friends in Gender Studies and Justice Studies at Arizona State University, whose support, encouragement, and commitment to social justice makes such intellectual work possible. Our gratitude and...

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