[Air-l] teens and myspace

joshua raclaw Joshua.Raclaw at colorado.edu
Tue Feb 28 13:09:13 PST 2006

Holloway and Valentine are referring to gender in the ideological or
performative sense - gender being seen as something you accomplish socially
rather than some inherent quality about you.  Hence the 'doing' a gender
rather than, say, 'being' a gender.  It cuts the assumption that one's
phenotypal sex (physiology, hormones, chromosomes) is tied directly to one's
gender identity.

That was oversimplified as anything, but hopefully it helped?


Joshua Raclaw
Dept of Linguistics
University of Colorado

Quoting Andy Roberts <aroberts at gmail.com>:

* On 28/02/06, Sue Cranmer <sue at jcranmer.freeserve.co.uk> wrote:
* > Also, there's a useful chapter which touches on this in
* > Cyberkids - Sarah Holloway and Gill Valentine, specifically about how young
* > girls may perform gender by positioning themselves as being for/against
* > internet use (if my memory serves). I've seen this in my own research too.
* Please could you explain what is meant in this context by  'perform gender' ?
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