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ERIC Number: EJ1104272
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0954-0253
What's Sexy? Adolescent Girls Discuss Confidence, Danger, and Media Influence
Lamb, Sharon; Farmer, Kaelin M.; Kosterina, Elena; Lambe SariƱana, Susan; Plocha, Aleksandra; Randazzo, Renee
Gender and Education, v28 n4 p527-545 2016
Building on qualitative research about sexualisation by media and culture and the impact on girls' development, in this article we present a discourse analysis of three focus groups of teen girls of colour and of diverse ethnicities asked to talk about sexiness. We focus on the ways the girls both support and resist hegemonic discourses about femininity and sexuality as well as on the discursive strategies used by the girls to separate sexiness from lack of respectability and present themselves as both knowing consumers of media and passive responders. The girls constructed sexiness in three ways that we refer to as interpretive repertoires and analyse each for paradoxes, contradictions, and resistance to mainstream conceptualisations of sexiness. These are sexy as confident; disadvantages and advantages to sexy; and sexy as sold to you.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts (Boston)
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