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Adolescent girls and media culture: Unpacking the politics of pleasure

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Teenage girls are a multi-million dollar market niche for media products, and the circulation of "teen media" texts are geared to specific constructions of femininity. The idea of pleasure is a contested concept in studies of girls? reading of so-called teen media. In this paper, ethnographic field observations of teenaged girls? peer group conversations about teen media are used to problematize and socially situate their pleasure in the texts. Pleasure is shown to be a complex term that addresses not only girls? attraction to the ideologies of femininity encoded in the texts, but their resistance to dominant ideologies. The pleasure of resistance is a politically potent force that may open up the possibility of a critical feminist praxis among adolescent girls, if it is recognized as a beginning and not an endpoint.

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adolescents and media, pleasure, resistance, ethnography
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Durham, Meenakshi. "Adolescent girls and media culture: Unpacking the politics of pleasure" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA, May 27, 2003 <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p112225_index.html>

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Durham, M. G. , 2003-05-27 "Adolescent girls and media culture: Unpacking the politics of pleasure" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p112225_index.html

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Abstract: Teenage girls are a multi-million dollar market niche for media products, and the circulation of "teen media" texts are geared to specific constructions of femininity. The idea of pleasure is a contested concept in studies of girls? reading of so-called teen media. In this paper, ethnographic field observations of teenaged girls? peer group conversations about teen media are used to problematize and socially situate their pleasure in the texts. Pleasure is shown to be a complex term that addresses not only girls? attraction to the ideologies of femininity encoded in the texts, but their resistance to dominant ideologies. The pleasure of resistance is a politically potent force that may open up the possibility of a critical feminist praxis among adolescent girls, if it is recognized as a beginning and not an endpoint.

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