ABSTRACT

I’ve quoted the inaugural post of Renee’s blog at length because it provides a useful introduction to many of the issues I will discuss in this chapter: the private process of identifying oneself as feminist, the public assertion and performance of a feminist identity, the unique needs of teenage girl feminists, and the ‘good’ feelings that a feminist identity can generate. It also reveals how girls like Renee adopt blogging to explore – and, as I will argue, perform – emerging feminist identities. It is this relationship between feminist identities and blogging that informs the guiding questions of this chapter: How do girl bloggers understand their own feminist identities? In what ways do girls use blogging to better articulate and explore these identities? How do girls’ feminist identities challenge normative constructions of both girls and feminists? And what benefits do girls receive from performing a feminist identity?