The representation of female friendships on young women's Myspace profiles: the all-female world and the feminine 'Other'

Dobson, Amy Shields (2011). The representation of female friendships on young women's Myspace profiles: the all-female world and the feminine 'Other'. In Elza Dunkels, Gun-Marie Frånberg and Camilla Hållgren (Ed.), Youth Culture and Net Culture: Online Social Practices (pp. 126-152) Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-60960-209-3.ch008


Author Dobson, Amy Shields
Title of chapter The representation of female friendships on young women's Myspace profiles: the all-female world and the feminine 'Other'
Title of book Youth Culture and Net Culture: Online Social Practices
Place of Publication Hershey, PA
Publisher IGI Global
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.4018/978-1-60960-209-3.ch008
Open Access Status
Series Premier Reference Source
ISBN 9781609602093
9781609602116
9781283024419
9781780346359
Editor Elza Dunkels
Gun-Marie Frånberg
Camilla Hållgren
Chapter number 8
Start page 126
End page 152
Total pages 27
Total chapters 20
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
This chapter examines the representation of female friendship on MySpace, based on a sample of 45 public MySpace profiles owned by young Australian women, aged between 18 and 21 years old. Two prominent constructions of female friendship on this social network site are outlined: firstly, female friendships as idealistically party-oriented, ‘wild’, and rowdy; and secondly, female friendships as close, loyal, and intimate — comparable in the depth of feeling and connection expressed to romantic partnerships or family ties. These idealised, performative constructions of female friendship, in the context of online self-presentation, also seem to rely on exclusivity, and opposition of selves and friendship groups to a feminised outsider/‘other’. Some of the political implications of such representation are discussed from a feminist perspective. I suggest some ways in which ideals and goals of female representation to emerge from second-wave feminist media and performance critique might be said to have actualised and failed to actualise in these online performances of friendship and identity created by young women.
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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