In the early 1970s, second-wave feminist theories of sex-role socialization provided a new way of understanding the experience of Australian girlhood. While part of a transnational feminist discourse, this chapter argues that critiques of girls’ socialization gained traction through activists’ often painstaking efforts to trace its origins and generate evidence of its effects at a local level. Three key themes are explored: feminists’ efforts to link girls’ socialization to a distinctive form of Australian sexism; the use of personal testimony to develop more individualized accounts of socialization; and the emphasis in early research studies on the gap between sex-role ideology and social realities. This process in turn brought greater specificity to claims about girls’ socialization while also revealing the limitations of this model.
|Title of host publication||A history of the girl|
|Subtitle of host publication||formation, education and identity|
|Editors||Mary O’Dowd, June Purvis|
|Number of pages||22|
|Publication status||Published - 10 Apr 2018|
- Sex roles
Barrett Meyering, I. (2018). The 'social processing chamber' of gender: Australian second-wave feminist perspectives on girls' socialisation. In M. O’Dowd, & J. Purvis (Eds.), A history of the girl: formation, education and identity (pp. 179-200). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69278-4_10