The Choreography of Everyday Sexism: Reworking Sexism in Interaction
Accusations of sexism sound amusingly out-dated and those speaking seriously of sexism may be dismissed as out-of-date themselves - or else as unreasonable and oversensitive. Under these conditions, the persistent presence of sexism has appeared virtually 'unspeakable'. In this essay I examine this dynamic at close quarters, asking how sexism is performed and resisted in young people's everyday interactions. Drawing from interviews with twenty secondary school students aged sixteen to eighteen, I develop an account of the 'choreography' of sexism: the organising patterns through which sexism is communicated in interaction. This choreography shapes what is said, but also what is felt: how bodies are hailed by sexist communication and recruited into particular patterns of feeling and response. I focus my attention on the moves those I interviewed made to challenge sexism, and the possibilities these manoeuvres hold for unravelling sexism in interaction.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: December 15, 2015
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