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“You are so ugly, you whore”- girls in rural Sweden discuss and address gendered violence
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6937-7274
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9328-1128
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2148-8044
2020 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, E-ISSN 1748-2631, Vol. 15, no 1, article id 1695308Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Girls face gendered violence on an everyday basis, and this may have severe health consequences. Purpose: The aim of this study was to learn about gendered violence facing girls in rural Sweden in their everyday life, as it is experienced by the girls themselves. Method: Using the photovoice method, we worked with 35 girls in an upper secondary school, aged between 16 and 20, to explore how they navigated social spaces and developed strategies for increased safety. Results: Thematic analysis revealed two main themes (constant fear and strategies) and four sub themes (fear of being raped, fear of being labelled and excluded, being “appropriately” sexually active, and appearance and performance for increased feelings of safety). Conclusion: We considered how gendered violence facing girls led to fear and marginalization in a range of situations and interactions. Consequently, girls occupied significantly smaller social spaces compared to boys, and we argue that this was reproduced and upheld through everyday practices informed by hegemonic masculinity and performativity.

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2020. Vol. 15, no 1, article id 1695308
Keywords [en]
Hegemonic masculinity, performativity, sexual violence, sexual harassment, adolescence, gender norms
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Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-38089DOI: 10.1080/17482631.2019.1695308Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85076406791OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-38089DiVA, id: diva2:1379027
Available from: 2019-12-16 Created: 2019-12-16 Last updated: 2020-03-05

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