Trouble for girls: Growing up in rape culture

Event Date: 22 – 24 June 2017
Birkbeck, University of London
Birkbeck Main Building
Torrington Square
London WC1E 7HX

The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities in collaboration with British Comparative Literature Association, Birkbeck Gender and Sexuality (BiGS), the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research, and Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics (MaMSIE) presents:

Feminist Emergency – International Conference

Panel 1:

Trouble for girls: Growing up in rape culture

This panel will focus on the ways in which teenage girls in the West are socialised by mainstream culture to be obedient curators of their own objectification. Fitting into this object-status involves, for many girls, a rite of passage to come to terms with what this means for them, and either accepting or rejecting its parameters. It also leads to a great deal of anxiety, mental health issues and self-harm. How do we teach and encourage girls to stand up for themselves and to assert their identity, boundaries, and sexual desire in an environment that is controlled by male-dominated porn, and in which shaming on social media can take only seconds to enact?
Katherine Angel (Birkbeck, University of London)
Holly Bourne (Author)
Marianne Forsey (Brook Advisory)
Catherine Johnson (Author and Screenwriter)
Chair: Julia Bell (Birkbeck, University of London)



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