Gender, Class and Sexuality in Contemporary Australia: Representations of the Boganette

Pini, Barbara and Previte, Josephine (2013) Gender, Class and Sexuality in Contemporary Australia: Representations of the Boganette. Australian Feminist Studies, 28 78: 348-363. doi:10.1080/08164649.2013.857385


Author Pini, Barbara
Previte, Josephine
Title Gender, Class and Sexuality in Contemporary Australia: Representations of the Boganette
Journal name Australian Feminist Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0816-4649
1465-3303
Publication date 2013
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/08164649.2013.857385
Open Access Status
Volume 28
Issue 78
Start page 348
End page 363
Total pages 16
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract Over the past decade, a dominant figure in Australian sociocultural constructions has been that of 'the bogan', which, although capricious, has typically been deployed as a negative descriptor of the white working-class poor. In this paper, we examine media representations of this ubiquitous figure from 2009 to 2012 through a gender lens. In the texts, 'the bogan' is implicitly and explicitly rendered masculine, with the feminised archetype, the 'female bogan' (or 'boganette') as supplement or 'other'. Drawing on feminist cultural theory of class, we examine depictions of the female bogan that invoke her identity-as-mother as a source of scorn while affording considerable attention that disparages her embodied self. Following this, we explore how the chosen media texts position the bogan and the female bogan in relation to feminism and the sexualisation of culture. Collectively, these texts demonstrate both shifts and continuities in what are powerfully fused gender and class discourses of the female working class.
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