The Naked, Vulnerable, Crazy Girl

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Oinas , O E 2015 , ' The Naked, Vulnerable, Crazy Girl ' , Girlhood Studies , vol. 8 , no. 3 , pp. 119-134 . https://doi.org/10.3167/ghs.2015.080310

Title: The Naked, Vulnerable, Crazy Girl
Author: Oinas, Outi Elina
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Swedish School of Social Science Subunit
Date: 2015
Language: eng
Number of pages: 16
Belongs to series: Girlhood Studies
ISSN: 1938-8209
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3167/ghs.2015.080310
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/306538
Abstract: In this article I explore the concept of the rebellious girl by examining the cases of three different girls: an HIV activist in South Africa; a young feminist in Finland; and a topless on-line protester in post-revolution Tunisia. Although their contexts and messages vary greatly, there are marked similarities between and amongst them. I suggest that, in general, the media, political movements, and research agendas often appear to have difficulty taking girls’ protests seriously. The rebellious girl is ridiculed, shunned, shamed, and disciplined. The protests explored here can, however, be read as important visual interruptions that attempt to invoke an epistemic mutiny that does not beg for inclusion on preexisting terms but, rather, challenges the boundaries of acceptable bodily integrity. They also gesture towards the social in a way that demands recognition, acceptance, and support, not a simplified acceptance based on the notion of neoliberal individual freedom.
Subject: 5141 Sociology
body, feminist politics, girls, protest, rebellion
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