Girls in Power: Gender, Body, and Menstruation in Adolescence / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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- State University of New York Press
Girls in Power offers a fascinating and unique look at the social aspects of menstruation in the lives of adolescent girls—and also in the lives of adolescent boys. Although there has been much research on other aspects of gender and the body, this is one of the few books to examine menstruation and the first to explore how it plays a part in power interactions between boys and girls. Talking openly in single- and mixed-gender settings, individuals and groups of high school–age girls and boys share their interpretations and experiences of menstruation. Author Laura Fingerson reveals that while teens have negative feelings about menstruation, teen girls use their experiences of menstruation as a source of embodied power in their interactions with other girls and with boys. She also explores how boys deal with their own reduced power. The book extends our theoretical and analytical understanding of youth, gender, power, and embodiment by providing a more balanced view of adolescent social life.
|Publisher:||State University of New York Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Laura Fingerson is an independent scholar, who received her PhD in Sociology from Indiana University.
Table of Contents
Salient Body Experiences
The Teen Participants
Analysis of the Data
Organization of This Book
Negative and Ambivalent Experiences 15
Concealment and Shame
The Horrors of Leaking
"Why I Never Carry a Purse"
The Body as Actor
What If It Gets Stuck?
Tampax Ads in a Room Full of Boys
The Checkout Boy
"Surfin' the Crimson Wave"
"It's Not a Big Deal"
Cultural Contexts 39
Cultural History of Menstruation
Concealment and Hygiene
Contemporary Views and Advice
Historical Context of Health and Medicine
Media, Advertising, and Merchandising
Medicalization and Gender Politics of the Body 57
Medicalization of Menstruation
Fifth-Grade Health Class
Menstruation as a Reproductive Issue
What About the Blood?
Every Single Month Forever and Ever
The Value of Female Bodies
What If Men Could Menstruate?
Living in Our Bodies
Girls in Power 83
Agency and Power
Creatively Responding to Dominant Social Norms
"I Don't Think Boys Could Handle It"
Menstruation Is Social
Stories and Supportive Talk
But Adults Don't Talk This Way!
Interviewing in Community Groups
Isn't Menstruation a Personal Event?
"We Should Just Create a Women's Store"
Boys' Responses 111
Knowledge Is Power
"Grossing Them Out"
Menstruation as a Sexual Issue
Who Has the Power?
Embarrassing and Teasing Girls
Expressing Power: Second and Third Wave Feminism
Potential for Manipulation
Alternate Responses by Boys
"My Friend Kristin Explained..."
Conclusion: Bodies in Interaction 145
The Teens' Concluding Thoughts
Social Interactions and Gendered Power
Reflections on Research Methods
Participants in Individual and Group Interviews 157
Interview Guides 161