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Adolescent Girls’ Sexualities and the Media
Call for Papers – Edited Volume

We are soliciting essays and original research submissions to be included in “Adolescent Girls’ Sexualities and the Media.” The proposed anthology will focus on how adolescent girls’ sexualities are presented in the media and how girls and others (e.g., parents, sexual/romantic partners) interpret and make meaning of these representations. We want to know how girls and others respond to, work with, and even resist prevailing media representations of girls’ sexualities. We endorse a broad conception of sexualities that goes beyond sexual risk taking behaviors and consequences (e.g., teen pregnancy, STIs), but also considers a wide array of sexual behaviors and expressions not commonly seen in the sexualities literature (e.g., masturbation). We recognize the importance of socio-cultural, historical, and contemporary contexts as they relate to media representations of girls’ sexualities and strongly encourage submissions that take unique contextual factors into account. We also strongly believe that continued effort should be directed at presenting the voices of “other girls” whose voices are often ignored. Submissions that consider the perspectives of racial/ethnic minority girls, lesbian and bisexual girls, and girls from non-U.S. settings are especially welcome. We are open to a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives and invite submissions from the arts, the humanities, and the social sciences. Media types to be examined can include both traditional media (e.g., movies, magazines, music videos) and new media (e.g., social networking).

Examples of Submissions Topics Include: What ideological messages regarding sexuality are conveyed in current girls’ serial literature, such as Nancy Drew, Hermione Granger, Bella Swan, etc.? How do girls respond to these depictions? How do adolescent girls represent themselves on popular media sites such as Facebook and MySpace? How do these representations coincide with traditional depictions of girls in the media? Do these influences vary depending upon their specific background (e.g.,race/ethnicity, class, sexual orientation)? How are adults influenced by these depictions of girls in the media in terms of their attitudes toward girls?

Co-Editors are Katie Harper, Yasmina Katsulis, Vera Lopez, and Georganne Scheiner.

Abstract Submissions

We are accepting abstracts of no more than 500 words for consideration in the edited volume. Abstract submissions are due January 1, 2011.

If you have inquiries, please contact Yasmina Katsulis ( or Vera Lopez (, Arizona State University.

CFP – Adolescent Girls’ Sexualities and the Media