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  1. Russh and the ‘All-Australian’ Girl?Rosie Findlay - 2022 - Feminist Theory 23 (3):312-326.
    A central preoccupation that constantly arises in Australian culture is the question of who ‘we’ are and where ‘we’ belong. So much is evident in independent women's fashion magazine Russh, the focus of this article, in which pride and uncertainty about Australian identity are representationally resolved through a sensual, girlish and white fashionable ideal. By closely analysing magazine issues selected from its archive, this article charts the ways that Russh imagines Australian fashion as both imbricated with global flows as well (...)
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  2. Clothes Make the Man: Butch Fashion in Digital Visual Cultures.Naveen Minai - 2022 - Feminist Theory 23 (3):370-385.
    There are few sartorial ensembles as heavily signified as masculine as a suit. This article focuses on the suit within queer fashion digital cultures and spaces to explore how butch of colour digital fashion suits up to offer us different ways to think about masculinity. Intervening in the erasure of women of colour in histories of fashion – including menswear – and histories of sexuality – butch, dapper, tomboy, dandy – I argue that butch digital fashion works as a site (...)
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  3. Introduction: Theorising Fashion Media.Ilya Parkins & Lise Shapiro Sanders - 2022 - Feminist Theory 23 (3):303-311.
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  4. Fantasising Gender with the J. Peterman Owner's Manual.Alec Pollak - 2022 - Feminist Theory 23 (3):327-350.
    This article offers an exposition of the J. Peterman Company's Owner's Manual, a mock-vintage clothing catalogue that promises customers ‘things that make their lives the way they wish they were’. Written in dramatic, long-form prose and illustrated in watercolour – both uncommon in today's mail-order fashion industry – the Owner's Manual is at once appalling for its misogyny and enticing for its nostalgia. This article argues that the Owner's Manual and its enduring success confound existing paradigms for interpreting both fashion (...)
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  5. When Sarees Speak: Saree Pacts and Social Media Narratives.Arti Sandhu - 2022 - Feminist Theory 23 (3):386-406.
    Through an ethnographic study of online saree pacts and social media groups, this article charts the emergence of digital saree storytelling as women from India and the global South Asian diaspora post stories about their personal and professional lives while also talking about their sarees. The article examines how saree stories are told and consumed in these online spaces, and the role new media plays in encouraging individual and collective self-expression through fashion. In doing so, it highlights how saree pacts (...)
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  6. Fashioning Sufi: Body Politics of Androgynous Sacred Aesthetics.Sara Shroff - 2022 - Feminist Theory 23 (3):407-419.
    Revered as the ‘Queen of Qawwali’ and ‘Queen of Sufi music’, sixty-seven-year-old Abida Parveen is a spiritual phenomenon who transcends gender while performing. She is known for her signature fashion style of buttoned-up masculine-cut kurta with matching shalwar and an ajrak shawl. Her aesthetic circulates within transnational and national fashion media and popular cultural spaces through descriptors such as androgynous, masculine, modest, indigenous and sacred. As a highly respected figure with widely circulating performances on both the national and international stages, (...)
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  7. Fashioning Feminism: How Leandra Medine and Other Man Repeller Authors Blog About Choice and the Gaze.Michele White - 2022 - Feminist Theory 23 (3):351-369.
    Leandra Medine indicates that she wants the Man Repeller multi-author blog to ‘serve as an open forum for women to draw their own conclusions’ instead of making ‘any sort of feministic statement’. Medine renders feminism as amorphous and an individual choice but she has been widely lauded for offering a feminist engagement in fashion. Her practices and position, as I argue throughout this article, allow her to fashion feminism, including associating feminism with the man repeller style and replacing aspects of (...)
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  8. More Than a Class Act? Dilemmas in Researching Elite School Girls’ Feminist Politics.Alexandra Allan & Claire Charles - 2022 - Feminist Theory 23 (2):266-284.
    Feminist scholars have long been concerned with privileged women’s activism and engagement with feminist politics and how acts of resistance from privileged subjects might best be understood. In the current moment, we are seeing a reinvigoration of interest in feminist activism particularly from young women, but not necessarily focusing on young women who are positioned as privileged. Simultaneously, there is attention in the sociology of elite schooling to the question of social justice politics in privileged spaces. In this article, we (...)
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  9. Thinking with Care in Human–Computer Interaction.Anna Croon - 2022 - Feminist Theory 23 (2):232-246.
    In this article, human–computer interaction is explored as a design-oriented practice nurturing the becoming of what is not-yet in future-oriented and speculative manners. Such approaches have evolved over time and now the field seems ready to take leaps targeting social and culturally infused contexts, such as those suggested by critical design, design things, adversarial design, making futures, pluriversal design and critical fabulations. It is in this respect that feminist theories, methods and imaginaries are rendered important. Feminist theory is in this (...)
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  10. ‘I Feel Pretty’: Beauty as an Affective-Material Process.Toni Ingram - 2022 - Feminist Theory 23 (2):285-300.
    This article explores the potential of feminist new materialisms and theories of affect for reframing how we might think about beauty and the body. Through an exploration of girls, beauty and the school ball, the article engages with Karen Barad’s concept of intra-action to conceptualise beauty as an affective-material process. This perspective involves an ontological shift in how girls, bodies and beauty are understood; from thinking about beauty and the human as discursively produced, towards a relational approach that conceptualises materiality (...)
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  11. Controlled Empowerment of Women: Intersections of Feminism, HCI and Political Communication in India.Nimmi Rangaswamy & Isha Mangurkar - 2022 - Feminist Theory 23 (2):171-206.
    Twitter played a dominant role during the 2014 general elections in India, ushering a right-wing party into power. Political leaders employed Twitter to augment their public image and push right-wing campaign agendas to millions of followers. A prominent and strategic use of Twitter was credited to Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, portrayed as a visionary leader supporting economic development, social empowerment and good governance. Within this narrative, women's empowerment debates underwent multiple transformations. Through this article, we aim to establish the (...)
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  12. Transreal Tracing: Queer-Feminist Speculations on Disabled Technologies.Katta Spiel - 2022 - Feminist Theory 23 (2):247-265.
    In a world where technologies often serve to amplify the persistent rendering of disability as an undesired deficit, what we need are empowering utopias concerning bodies, disabilities and assistive technologies. Specifically, I use Barad's article ‘Transmaterialities: Trans*/matter/realities and Queer Political Imaginings’ to illustrate how we might speculate on technologies that understand disabled bodies as affording potentials. The Transreal Tracing Device reimagines our bodies as surfaces of possibility, encouraging explorations into how disabled bodies do and could look like. The speculative device (...)
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  13. Feminist Human–Computer Interaction: Struggles for Past, Contemporary and Futuristic Feminist Theories in Digital Innovation.Angelika Strohmayer, Samantha Mitchell Finnigan, Janis Meissner & Rosanna Bellini - 2022 - Feminist Theory 23 (2):143-149.
    In this short paper, we introduce our Special Section in Feminist Theory titled ‘Feminist human-computer interaction: Struggles for past, contemporary and futuristic feminist theories in digital innovation’. Over the last years, we worked with the authors of the articles presented herein to bring together feminist theories with their practical application in the design, development, use and exploration of digital technologies. Our section follows three aspects: an overview of past feminist histories and discourse; the development of actionable, contemporary theory; and speculative (...)
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  14. Intersectional Elaboration: Using a Multiracial Feminist Co-Design Technique with Latina Teens for Emotional Health.Ralph Vacca - 2022 - Feminist Theory 23 (2):207-231.
    Underlying the growing epidemic of mental distress and suicidal ideation amongst certain marginalised groups are complex intersections of ecologies and interrelated structures of inequality such as class, culture, race and gender. Through the use of a multiracial feminist framework, the proposed intersectional elaboration technique examines how technology might be designed in ways that explicitly consider intersecting structures of inequality and eco-developmental contexts. The core of this technique involves co-constructing narratives using prompts that directly address specific layers of one's ecology and (...)
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    A Feminist Hacklab’s Resilience Towards Anti-Democratic Forces.Stefanie Wuschitz - 2022 - Feminist Theory 23 (2):150-170.
    Makerspaces and hacklabs are believed to encourage a positive attitude towards gaining computer skills. Within these communities for peer production, citizens can apply cutting-edge technologies in DIY projects. In recent decades, mushrooming makerspaces and hacklabs were embraced by the tech industry and governments alike. Feminist makerspaces and hacklabs, however, as they are centred around a queer feminist agenda, have raised eyebrows. In order to foster diversity in tech development, they create safer spaces for self-expression. Here, feminist laymen*, makers, designers, artists (...)
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    Lonely Methods and Other Tough Places: Recuperating Anti-Racism From White Investments.Gulzar R. Charania - 2022 - Feminist Theory 23 (1):61-75.
    This article wrestles with how white domination is reproduced in research methods, questions and priorities in the neoliberal university. Reflecting on the stuck and lonely places in my doctoral project, I consider the challenges of doing research on racism in institutions largely hostile to such inquiries. I also trace the pivotal insights that helped me to get unstuck and less lonely. This involved refusing to allow white audiences and white investments to determine the direction and priorities of anti-racist scholarship. The (...)
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  17. Billy-Ray Belcourt's Loneliness as the Affective Life of Settler Colonialism.Ann Cvetkovich - 2022 - Feminist Theory 23 (1):93-108.
    This article explores loneliness as the affective life of settler colonialism through the work of queer Indigenous writer Billy-Ray Belcourt's two volumes of poetry This Wound Is a World and NDN Coping Mechanisms. In particular, the article focuses on how Belcourt draws on queer affect theory and critical race theory in the work of scholars such as Jose Muñoz, Leo Bersani, Lauren Berlant, Ann Cvetkovich, Saidiya Hartman and Christina Sharpe – as he explores the relation between sex and death, and (...)
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    Emotional Justice as an Antidote to Loneliness: Children's Books, Listening and Connection.Catherine-Laura Dunnington & Shoshana Magnet - 2022 - Feminist Theory 23 (1):125-139.
    Loneliness is intimately related to the ongoing epidemics of systemic forms of oppression, including white supremacy, capitalism, heteropatriarchy and settler colonialism. The epidemic of loneliness has only intensified and grown during the isolation engendered by the COVID-19 pandemic. In this article, we aim to think about how children's picturebooks wrestle with explaining loneliness and its antidotes and how these picturebooks are themselves manifestations of ongoing conversations related to Emotional Justice. We conclude by reviewing a number of children's books in order (...)
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    More-Than-Human Kinship Against Proximal Loneliness: Practising Emergent Multispecies Care with a Dog in a Pandemic and Beyond.Maythe Seung-Won Han - 2022 - Feminist Theory 23 (1):109-124.
    Dogs are here to live with, not just to think with. In this autoethnographic essay, I share my experience of loneliness and more-than-human kinship while being in lockdown with my dog, Frank, in our small flat in Edinburgh due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I open with our histories and how we have come to be kin in order to make our positionalities explicit. I then tell three stories that illustrate how our lives – and our bodies – are being shaped (...)
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    The Harms of Medicalisation: Intersex, Loneliness and Abandonment.Charlotte Jones - 2022 - Feminist Theory 23 (1):39-60.
    This article develops loneliness as a political and social justice issue by illustrating the harmful personal and social consequences of the medical jurisdiction over and constitution of variations in sex characteristics. Whilst connections between loneliness, health and illness have been well established, this work customarily identifies the ways illness can lead to, or be caused by, loneliness. Instead, I provide an account of the central role of medicalisation and medical management in producing loneliness. By doing so, I underline the imperative (...)
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  21. Ecstatic Loneliness: Black Genders and the Politics of Affect in Mykki Blanco's ‘Loner’.William H. Mosley - 2022 - Feminist Theory 23 (1):76-92.
    The rapper Mykki Blanco is lauded as a trailblazer in the contemporary queer hip hop movement, and it is this reputation that, in part, makes the single of her debut album so curious. The song ‘Loner’ is unequivocally pop and explores health, loneliness, love and sex, echoing Blanco's shifting relationship to gender, genre, sobriety and serostatus. Amidst three key performances of this song, Blanco's consciousness was at various stages of development and they reflect her journey into trans womanhood and through (...)
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    Feminist Loneliness Studies: An Introduction.Celeste E. Orr & Shoshana Magnet - 2022 - Feminist Theory 23 (1):3-22.
    Writing about loneliness has been a struggle in the midst of the pandemic. Characterized by loneliness, isolation, anxiety, and fear, the COVID-19 pandemic is an exceptionally challenging time. At various points while navigating this loneliness project amid a particularly lonely time, we lamented the seeming futility of it all. A main goal of developing a Feminist Loneliness Studies in this introduction is to understand the ways that systems of oppression – white supremacy, settler colonialism, anti-queer bias, misogyny, neoliberal capitalism, and (...)
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    Loneliness is a Feminist Issue.Eleanor Wilkinson - 2022 - Feminist Theory 23 (1):23-38.
    Loneliness is often described as a deadly epidemic sweeping across the population, a silent killer. Loneliness, we are told, is a social disease that must be cured. But what does it mean to think of loneliness as a feminist issue, and what might a specifically feminist theorisation bring to conceptualisations of loneliness? In this paper, I argue that feminism helps us see that loneliness is not just personal but political. I trace how stories of loneliness surface, circulate, shift and compound (...)
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