Specific images of womanhood/girlhood that are being marketed through the media cause the repackaging of not only girlhood but also feminism itself in a way that encourages women/girls to exchange political power for purchasing power (e. g. Becker et al., 2016). It is probably too simplistic to suggest the interest in feminist activism can be attributed to the media-friendly image of “feminism” only. However, it is certainly true that the renewed popularity of feminism(s) has both influenced and been influenced by the commercialization of the movement. Currently, feminism sells, or at least those strands of feminism uncomplicatedly promoting the neoliberal principles of agency, choice, and empowerment (Rivers, 2017). It is also clear that the present co-optation and de-politicization of feminism are highly problematic and that feminism should be reclaimed as transformative politics, together with sending “different” messages about it to both girls and boys (Rivers, 2017).
In the thematic issue of the scientific journal Šolsko polje we invite you to help us answer the questions such as:
- What are the most prominent moments that help define feminism today?
- How both feminist and post-feminist thematic present in the media influence children and young adults (e. g. celebrity “feminism”, girl power)?
- How to explicate the tendency to fabricate new feminist heroines where stress is put on the individual value of women independently of their politics and values (Braidotti, 2005) and the phenomenon of books on “rebellious girls”?
- What are the representations of feminism and the struggle for women’s rights in textbooks and curricula, what is available to those pupils who wish to gain deeper insights?
- What kind of difference has feminism made to teachers or to boys and girls in schools? What tools are available to fight everyday sexism in schools?
Article submission timeline:
- 1 February 2020: submission of the abstract (cca. 300 words)
- 30 June 2020: submission of the article (5.000 – 7.000 words)
- December 2020: publication
Please submit abstracts and articles to the thematic editor via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.