Femininity, Social Media, and Self-Representation
This book explores emergent intimate practices in social media cultures. It examines new digital intimacies as they are constituted, lived, and commodified via social media platforms. The study of social media practices has come to offer unique in...
"This book usefully examines the 'social media practices' and 'digital self-representations' of girls and young women that comes with increasing access to the Internet. ... Dobson's work contributes to a growing body of scholarship that frames girls and women as agentic and empowered individuals, in a postfeminist era. ... provides a head start for research in non-Western contexts, where work on postfeminism and postfeminist digital cultures has been scarce." (Bernice Loh, Eras Journal, Vol. 18 (1), August, 2016) "Postfeminist digital cultures gives us a deep insight into the complexity of online participation. It offers a nuanced, thoughtful and sympathetic analysis of the girls and young women negotiating postfeminist sensibility, while remaining critical of the cultural conditions of possibility that frame their negotiations. It is a must read for scholars - established and developing - interested in postfeminism, contemporary female subjectivity and digital cultures, while any of the analysis chapters should elicit a great student seminar discussion." (Sarah Riley, Feminism & Psychology, May, 2017)
Amy Shields Dobson is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Queensland, Australia. She previously lectured in Sociology and Gender at Monash University, Australia. Amy has published several articles and chapters in international anthologies on young people's social media practices and gender politics. Her current projects examine sexting in schools, and female genital cosmetic surgery in Australia, including the role of social media.
1. Introduction 2. Postfeminism, Girls and Young Women, and Digital Media PART I: SEXUAL SELF-REPRESENTATIONS 3. Heterosexy Images on Social Network Sites 4. Girls, Sexting and Gender Politics PART II: VALUABLE AND DEVALUED SELVES 5. Postfeminist Self-Making: Textual Self-Representation and the Performance of "Authentic" Young Femininity on Social Network Sites 6. Digital Girls in Crisis? Seeking Feedback and Representing Pain in Postfeminist Networked Publics Afterword: Notes on Visibility and Self-Exposure