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By Dawn H. Currie

Present feminist debate unearths itself at an deadlock about the importance of magazines for adolescent ladies- are they filled with oppressive prescriptions of femininity, or celebrations of female-centred excitement and resistance opposed to the patriarchy? The query has been tested principally via middle-aged lecturers, now and again a ways got rid of in age and schooling from the meant shoppers of those magazines, and the assumptions they've got reached in regards to the messages absorbed through younger women might be thoroughly wrong.

Dawn Currie takes a brand new method, through the readers themselves and the way they interpret the message of the magazines of their daily lives. in response to interviews with forty eight women elderly thirteen to 17, this e-book demanding situations many assumptions that experience arisen via researchers making their very own interpretations, similar to the intended charm of sleek picture spreads and ads. In Currie's learn, we discover that ladies favor written texts, quite suggestion columns, simply because they view them as priceless for daily residing, rather in the tuition tradition, which Currie reveals reinforces the message of the 'teenzines' through encouraging ladies to doubt themselves instead of to query the cultural constructs that encompass them. utilizing intertextuality as a studying method for materialist feminism, sunrise Currie distinguishes among the 'social' and the 'cultural' and permits us to raised know how strength as a high quality of social relationships works in the course of the cultural media of style and sweetness magazines.

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Drawing on theories of subjectivity, but preserving the this current study ally presence of embodied readers, the research problematizes Subject-ivity as an effect of magazine reading. The texts chosen for analysis in chapter tisements. This choice reflects the prominence of advertising in zines, but also the extent to chapter we which they are the basis for 4 are adver- women's maga- academic debate. In this begin to identify differences between researcher readings and every- day readings of social texts.

Come readers to construct a sense of Self and of the social world of adolescence from magazine texts. Treating social texts as processes rather than specimens for analysis, however, requires us to go further than analysis of texts and the immediate context of their reading. It requires us to locate teenzine reading within the everyday world of reading, studied here as school culture. ' In the contradictory nature of resonates with lived experiences of being a other writers have argued that contradiction study reader agency as a potential moment magazine messages often a patriarchal culture.

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