Title

No Boys Allowed: The World Wide Web as a Clubhouse for Girls

Publication Title

Computers and Composition

Publication Date

1999

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1016/S8755-4615(99)80007-3

Keywords

adolescent girls, girl-friendly, web authoring, web sites, world wide web

Disciplines

Computer Sciences | Other Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Women's Studies

Abstract

Although popular representations of the World Wide Web depict it as an inhospitable and sometimes dangerous space for girls, there are increasing numbers of young women who actively navigate the author girl-friendly and empowering sites. Many studies report that during adolescence, girls become withdrawn and suffer from lapses of self-confidence. Girls authoring Web pages devoted to girl power, however, use the Web as a place where they confidently assert themselves and actively shaped their identity. In this article, two adolescent girls and their stepmother (a composition scholar) identify grrl-power sites, explore their potential strengths for girls as authors and readers, and discuss the sites' implications for classroom practice.

Publisher

Elsevier Science


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