Feminism for Girls presents feminist perspectives on aspects of adolescence which have been chosen for their special relevance to the lives and experiences of girls and young women today. Illustrated throughout, chapters cover themes and topics which include romance and sexuality, girls’ magazines, careers and the reality of being a black girl in society today. Housewives look back at their youth and a sixteen-year-old girl writes vividly about what it’s like trying to break out of the mould that parents and others so often expect for girls. This book is written for girls and young women themselves and for people who are, like the contributors, currently teaching or working with girls.
1. Introduction Angela McRobbie and Trisha McCabe Part 1: Experience 2. Little women, good wives: is English good for girls? Gill Frith 3. The golden pathway Amanda McLoughlin 4. Schools and careers: for girls who do want to wear the trousers Trisha McCabe 5. ‘They call me a life-size Meccano set’: super-secretary or super-slave? Hazel Downing 6. ‘Now that I’m married…’ Dorothy Hobson 7. Just like a Jackie story Angela McRobbie 8. Resistances and responses: the experiences of black girls in Britain Valerie Amos and Pratibha Parmar Part 2: Making Changes 9. Romance and sexuality: between the devil and the deep blue sea? Myra Connell, Tricia Davis, Sue McIntosh, Mandy Root. A note on lesbian sexuality Trisha McCabe and Sharon K. 10. Learning to be a girl: girls, schools and the work of the Sheffield Education Group Anne Strong 11. Working with girls: write a song and make a record about it! Monika Savier