'The seven things all men love in bed' : young women's magazines and the governance of femininity

Tait, Gordon (2003) 'The seven things all men love in bed' : young women's magazines and the governance of femininity. In Mallan, Kerry & Pearce, Sharyn (Eds.) Youth Cultures : Texts, Images, and Identities. Praeger Publishers, Westport, Conn., pp. 81-92.

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Abstract

Rather than passing judgment of the content of young women’s magazines, it will be argued instead that such texts actually exist as manuals of self-formation, manuals which enroll young women to do specific kinds of work on themselves. In doing so, they form an effective link between the governmental imperatives aimed at constructing particular personas – such as the sexually responsible young girl - and the actual practices whereby these imperatives are operationalised.

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ID Code: 28825
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: Femininity, Practices of the Self, Women's Magazines, Governance
ISBN: 027597409X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Culture Gender Sexuality (200205)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Deposited On: 25 Nov 2009 23:43
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:06

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