ABSTRACT

I begin this chapter with Madison and Amandine’s comments, as they hint at the precarious positioning of activism within our contemporary society. Indeed, the proliferation of new media technologies in most countries around the world have added to this uncertainty about what types of actions are needed to produce social change. Amandine’s comment points to the continued privileging of the protest in many people’s imaginings of activism, even as she concedes that her own activist practices vary from this dominant image. In contrast, Madison suggests the need to think of activism in broad terms, understanding the practice of working toward social change as the defining feature of an activist. Yet, what constitutes “working toward” social change? How do girl feminist bloggers come to perform an activist identity, and why is this identity important to them? How does the performance of an activist identity by girl feminist bloggers challenge normative modes of activism? What activist practices are undertaken by girl feminist bloggers? And finally, how does this activism both continue and diverge from feminist activism historically?