By K. Mallan

This enticing research examines varied genders and sexualities in a variety of modern fiction for kids and youth. Mallans insights into key dilemmas coming up from the texts therapy of romance, attractiveness, cyberbodies, queer, and comedy are provocative and reliable, and bring interesting theoretical and social views.

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Does post-feminism offer us an alternative framework? Before considering this question in relation to romance narratives for young people, the following section offers an overview of post-feminism as a way of framing the subsequent examination of the texts. Out, damn’d dilemma! Out, I say! In the Introduction to this book I briefly mentioned some of the ambivalences that ‘post-feminism’ generates. What is post-feminism? Why does it matter? Is it anti-feminist? These questions and others recur in discussions of post-feminism in both popular culture and academe.

It also affirms the author’s credentials by stating that ‘Cecily von Zeigesar herself attended one of the smart private schools in Manhattan, New York, and many of the tales told in Gossip Girl ring with great authenticity as a result’. Another implicit marketing feature of GG texts is that they sell female agency as another available commodity – there for the taking. Female agency in You Know You Love Me operates out of feeling of lack and a searching for something that will fill the void. Blair’s quest is to lose her virginity to Nate is an example of the working of a Lacanian desire within the text.

In those three seconds she played a short film in her head, imagining 40 Gender Dilemmas in Children’s Fiction the incredible night she and Nate were about to have. They were childhood lovers, destined to be together, giving themselves wholly to one another. She opened her eyes and ran the brush through her hair one more time, checking out her reflection in the mirror. She looked confident and ready. She looked like someone who always got what she wanted. She was the girl who was going to get into Yale and marry the boy.

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