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Between flagged borders, across gendered lands : the voiceless female space in contemporary representations of Australian beach

Cantrell, Kate & Ellison, Elizabeth (2009) Between flagged borders, across gendered lands : the voiceless female space in contemporary representations of Australian beach. In Proceedings of the ECCQ Multicultural Summit '09, Ethic Communities Council of Queensland, State Library of Queensland, Brisbane.

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Abstract

International and national representations of the beach perpetuate normative female concepts by maintaining dominant masculine myths, such as that of the heroic lifesaver and tanned sunbaker. Female experiences on the beach are traditionally associated with rhetorics of danger and peril, contrasted to the welcomed and protective gaze of the beach male. Conventional understandings of the gaze promote male surveillance of women, and although some resistance exists, the beach primarily remains a place to observe the female form.

This article attempts to explore currents of resistance at the beach through a self-reflexive examination of Schoolies. Although the event is fixed within patriarchal codes and structures, small eddies of resistance exist amongst female participants in light of increasing awareness of masculine hegemony. The Australian beach remains a contested site of multiple constructs of gender and national identity. This article reveals the changing tides of resistance.

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ID Code: 29080
Item Type: Conference Paper
Additional Information: This paper was a non presented paper published in the ECCQ Multicultural Summit 2009 post-conference proceedings. The published version of this paper is available via the Official URL.
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Keywords: Australian beach, national identities, gendered space, Schoolies
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Culture Gender Sexuality (200205)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200)
Divisions: Current > Schools > Creative Writing & Literary Studies
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Kate Cantrell and Elizabeth Ellison
Deposited On: 07 Dec 2009 09:53
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2010 15:15

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