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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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Jennifer Apple earned her master’s degree in Women’s Studies from The Ohio State University in 2009. Her research focused on how sexuality is constructed, enacted, and represented. She is currently a corps member for Teach for Amer- ica, teaching secondary English. Christin P. Bowman is a doctoral student in Social-Personality Psychology at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She is broadly interested in the ways hegemonic and patriarchal structures limit how women and girls live their lives and make meaning of their experiences. She is proud to be an active member of the ASAP Initiative (Analyzing Sexuality for Action and Policy). She writes the research blog for the SPARK website. Lyn Mikel Brown, Ed.D., is Professor of Education at Colby College and co- creator of the nonprofit Hardy Girls Healthy Women (, where she works with communities to support girls’ healthy development and with girls to challenge media stereotypes online at Powered By Girl ( She is the author of five books, including Meeting at the Crossroads: Women's Psychology and Girls' Development (with Carol Gilligan) and Packaging Girlhood: Rescuing Our Daughters From Marketer’s Schemes (with Sharon Lamb). Dr. Brown is a co-founder (with Deborah Tolman) of the Sexualization Protest Action Resistance Knowledge (SPARK) movement, a growing coalition of partners and thought leaders united in their determination to challenge the sexualization of girls and work collectively to demand girls’ rights to embodi- ment and healthy sexuality. Bonnie Bryant earned her BA in Human Services at Lesley University. Contributors 286 Kellie Burns is a...

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