ABSTRACT

The opening quote from Amandine contradicts much of what we hear about girls and feminism – that girls don’t want to be feminists, and if they do they certainly don’t want to be associated with the supposed bra-burning of the second wave. But perhaps more importantly, Amandine refuses to understand herself as distinct from her feminist predecessors that fought for many of the same things she continues to pursue today. In this sense, Amandine challenges hegemonic constructions of youth as ignorant of history, in a constant state of waiting passively for the future. Nancy Lesko (2001, 196) argues that the linear, unidirectional, and cumulative conceptions of growth and change that characterize dominant discourses about adolescence presume “the present always overtakes the past.” Consequently, youth are often positioned as either overly invested in the present with little thought to past or future, or in a constant “state of becoming” where teens’ agency is understood as located in the future. Neither of these discourses recognizes youth’s investment in and connection to the past, something I will explore here in relation to girls’ feminist blogging practices.