Ruptures in the production of girlhood: Teenage flows and multiplicities

Year: 2012

Author: Davies, Bronwyn, Gonick, Marnina, Lampert, Jo, Pratt, Catherine Camden, Gottschall, Kristina

Type of paper: Abstract refereed


This paper examines the paradoxical and ubiquitous nature of Butler's heterosexual matrix (1990), and opens it up to an alternative Deleuzian analysis. Drawing on stories and art works produced in a collective biography workshop on girls and sexuality this paper extends previous work on the subversion of the heterosexual matrix undertaken by Renold and Ringrose (2008). The paper moves, as they do, from a molar to a molecular analysis, but extends that work by re-thinking the girl/subject in terms of Deleuze and Guattari's endlessly transforming multiplicities where "the self is only a threshold, a door, a becoming between two multiplicities" (Deleuze and Guattari, 1987: 249).


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Renold, E.  and Ringrose, J. (2008) Regulation and rupture. Mapping tween and teenage girls' resistance to the heterosexual matrix. Feminist Theory. 9(3): 313-338.