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dc.contributor.authorDobson, Amy
dc.identifier.citationDobson, A. 2012. Individuality is everything: Autonomous femininity in MySpace mottos and self-descriptions. Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies. 26 (3): pp. 371-383.

This article explores some popular constructions of young femininity on MySpace profiles through an examination of the affirmative or inspirational-style mottos and self-descriptions commonly posted on a sample of 45 public profiles maintained by Australian women aged between 18 and 21. In these texts self-esteem, self-worth, and self-determination are expressed in markedly uncompromising tones. Such textual expressions, I argue, may indicate an internalization on the part of young women of neo-liberal discourses of individualization. At the same time, the mottos discussed also suggest that traits and characteristics besides sexiness are central to young women's online, socially moderated self-constructions. That is, the demonstration of a bold attitude and a fearless sense of autonomous self-definition also appear to be important aspects of feminine performativity on the profiles viewed, which is significant in light of recent panic around young women and sexualization. © 2012 Taylor & Francis.

dc.titleIndividuality is everything: Autonomous femininity in MySpace mottos and self-descriptions
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleContinuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies
curtin.departmentSchool of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry (MCASI)
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