The Choreography of Everyday Sexism: Reworking Sexism in Interaction

  title={The Choreography of Everyday Sexism: Reworking Sexism in Interaction},
  author={Octavia Calder-Dawe},
  journal={new formations: a journal of culture/theory/politics},
  pages={105 - 89}
  • Octavia Calder-Dawe
  • Published 16 December 2015
  • Art
  • new formations: a journal of culture/theory/politics
Sexism thrives in the present because it appears to dwell in the past. Shielded by the claim that we have successfully dispatched it, contemporary sexism flourishes as ‘retro’, ‘hipster’ or ‘ironic’, or else passes unnoticed. Accusations of sexism sound amusingly out-dated and those speaking seriously of sexism may be dismissed as out-of-date themselves - or else as unreasonable and oversensitive. Under these conditions, the persistent presence of sexism has appeared virtually ‘unspeakable’. In… 

Jekyll and Hyde revisited: Young people's constructions of feminism, feminists and the practice of “reasonable feminism”

It is a decade and a half since Nigel Edley and Margaret Wetherell's (2001) “Jekyll and Hyde: Men's constructions of feminism and feminists” called scholarly attention to men's discursive splitting

‘A male dominance kind of vibe’: Approaching unsolicited dick pics as sexism

This article shows how the interviewees’ drawing on a postfeminist discursive framework rendered them more prone to approach unsolicited dick pic practices and sexism in individualised and decontextualised manners, meaning that they failed to recognise and critically address the broader social structures that enable dick pics to circulate online as acts of sexism in the first place.

Rape culture and social media: young critics and a feminist counterpublic

Abstract Social media sites, according to Carrie A. Rentschler, can become both “aggregators of online misogyny” as well as key spaces for feminist education and activism. They are spaces where “rape

Women actors, insecure work, and everyday sexism in the Canadian screen industry

ABSTRACT Acting, especially in the screen arts industry, is a job where women are subjected to pronounced and widely accepted socio-cultural aesthetic ideals within an industry that has become

Ethics, politics and feminist organizing: Writing feminist infrapolitics and affective solidarity into everyday sexism

This article critically examines a 21st century online, social movement, the Everyday Sexism Project (referred to as the ESP), to analyse resistance against sexism that is systemic, entrenched and

Doing and denying sexism: online responses to a New Zealand feminist campaign against sexist advertising

Abstract In 2012 a New Zealand feminist group launched a campaign against a series of local beer advertisements they deemed “retro-sexist.” The campaign generated media coverage across a range of

Authentic feminist? Authenticity and feminist identity in teenage feminists’ talk

This article explores how young people's feminist identities take shape in conjunction with a contemporary ideal of personal authenticity: to know and to express the 'real me' through a novel convergence of authenticity and feminism in participants' identity talk in Auckland, New Zealand.

Sexual Harassment in Higher Education - Experiences and Perceptions among Students at a Danish University

Taking higher education to be an arena in which professional and social interaction has a special propensity to overlap, this paper investigates university students’ experiences and perceptions of

Gender Bias in Recruiting: Developing a Social Practice Perspective

Unconscious bias training has become a popular intervention for eliminating discrimination in the workplace. Particularly recruitment processes are said to become fairer and more objective if gender

Being the body in question: young people’s accounts of everyday ableism, visibility and disability

Abstract The perception of impairments often relies on dominant, ableist presumptions about what disability ‘looks like’. This article builds from in-depth research with 35 young people who are Deaf



Sexism Re-Loaded … or Sexism Re-Presented?

If part of the project of a feminist media studies is to explore the various ways in which sexism operates through the media, then how might this be achieved? Any answer to this question will depend

Advertising in Post-Feminism: The Return of Sexism in Visual Culture?

This paper explores the phenomenon of ‘ironic sexism’ in advertising in the post-feminist period in UK and US culture. This study considers ‘ironic sexism’ in contemporary advertising, and the

The Aftermath of Feminism: Gender, Culture and Social Change

In this trenchant inquiry into the state of feminism, Angela McRobbie breaks open the politics of sexual equality and 'affirmative feminism' and sets down a new theory of gender power. Challenging

Reconstructing Gender at University: Men as victims

The present study aims to contribute to recent developments in feminist and social constructionist work in the arena of masculinities in higher education by examining the talk within three all-male

Sexism Reloaded, or, it's Time to get Angry Again!

Happy birthday, Feminist Media Studies! And warm congratulations to Lisa McLaughlin and Cynthia Carter for a decade of editing this hugely important journal. The site of consistently interesting

Unspeakable Inequalities: Post Feminism, Entrepreneurial Subjectivity, and the Repudiation of Sexism among Cultural Workers

Work in the cultural and creative fields is marked by stark and growing inequalities relating to gender, class, and race/ethnicity. Yet, the same industries are also characterised by an ethos that

Rape culture and social media: young critics and a feminist counterpublic

Abstract Social media sites, according to Carrie A. Rentschler, can become both “aggregators of online misogyny” as well as key spaces for feminist education and activism. They are spaces where “rape

Breaking body hair boundaries: Classroom exercises for challenging social constructions of the body and sexuality

Courses in women’s studies and gender studies within US contexts have long prioritized content that critically examines the social construction of bodies and sexualities, consciousness-raising about

Disarticulating feminism: Individualization, neoliberalism and the othering of ‘Muslim women’

In the cultural era of postfeminism, neoliberalism and individualization, feminism is not an identity easily claimed. This article discusses the findings of a qualitative study on young women’s

Postfeminist media culture

The notion of postfeminism has become one of the most important in the lexicon of feminist cultural an alysis. Yet there is little agreement about what postfeminism is. This article argues that