New lads or ladettes? A critique of current theoretical explanations for young women’s violence proliferated over social media

Larkin, Ashleigh (2015) New lads or ladettes? A critique of current theoretical explanations for young women’s violence proliferated over social media. In Berents, Helen & Scott, John (Eds.) Crime, Justice and Social Democracy: Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference, Crime and Justice Research Centre, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Qld, pp. 85-90.

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Current theoretical explanations for young women’s violence examine physical violence as a masculine behaviour. This means that young women are constructed as rejecting elements of their femininity in favour of masculine behaviours in order to perform violence in an acceptable way, which results in them being constructed as violent femmes, new lads or ladettes. Alternatively, theoretical explanations construct young women as adhering to a feminine gender performance when avoiding physical violence, or engaging what are traditionally considered to be feminine characteristics of aggression. This paper critiques existing theoretical approaches applied to young women’s violence, by drawing on empirical research that examined young women’s physical altercations proliferated through social media. Preliminary research findings illustrate how continuing to construct young women’s violence through a gendered paradigm offers inadequate explanations for what young women’s violence actually entails. It concludes by suggesting how young women’s violence may be more adequately explained using a theoretical framework of embodying gender that moves away from gender dichotomies and constructs violence as a series of bodily practices.

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ID Code: 93195
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Young women, Gender, violence, social media, feminist theory
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Crime & Justice Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Ashleigh Larkin
Deposited On: 24 Feb 2016 03:34
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2016 23:24

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