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'If it's pink, scrape the pink off': Negotiating acceptable 'tomboy' femininity in the playground

Mannay, Dawn ORCID: 2013. 'If it's pink, scrape the pink off': Negotiating acceptable 'tomboy' femininity in the playground. Women in Society 5 (Spring)
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Issues of women in society are intimately connected with issues of girlhood in society; and this paper examines one young girl’s interpretations of the lived experience of femininity; particularly in relation to her self-identification of ‘tomboy’. The paper argues that femininity is regulated by and built against both the ideology of masculinity and the embodied parameters of manliness enacted by boys, sometimes in the form of physical violence. This aggression was normalised as something that ‘boys do’ rather than challenged as an attack on the liberty of girls; however, violence was also used by the participant to police gender boundaries and negotiate an acceptable form of femininity within the complexities of children’s worlds.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
L Education > L Education (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Femininity, Regulation, Gender Identity, Visual Methods, Violence
Publisher: University of South Wales
ISSN: 2042-7220
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council
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Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2023 03:34

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