When It Suits Me, I’m a Feminist: International Students Negotiating Feminist Representations

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This paper explores young women international students and their negotiation of and resistance to feminist identities. Providing a global context to “I’m not a feminist, but” literature, this research builds on social movements, feminist, postfeminist, third wave, and feminist media literature. Based on individual interviews with thirteen women attending Goldsmiths College, University of London, I find evidence that transnational stereotypes of American feminists are pervasive and contribute to these women’s resistance to feminist identities. Such narrow conceptions of the feminist collective identity stands in opposition to the ways feminism is practiced on a day-to-day basis, and contributes to a complex negotiation of the feminist identity.

Keywords: Feminism, Feminist identities, Gender, Social Movements
Stream: Sociology, Geography
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Alison Crossley

Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, University of California-Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, California, USA

I have a BA in Women's Studies from Smith College (Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude) and an MA in Media and Communications from Goldsmiths College, University of London. I am now in my second year of graduate school in Sociology at University of California-Santa Barbara, with a doctoral emphasis in Women's Studies. I am interested in gender, culture, feminism, social movements, and media.

Ref: I08P0061