As has become increasingly evident throughout this book, the girls’ night out clearly offers specific and nuanced ways in which to do femininities and friendships which are not present in other types of night out, and perhaps also specific types of pressures to do femininity. Whilst the NTE is increasingly recognised as a useful avenue through which to research young people’s lives, less attention has been given to the girls’ night out as a specific type of engagement with the NTE that may illuminate nuances in the ways in which young women ‘do’ gender and femininities. This book thus marks a unique contribution within a wider body of research on young people’s drinking and clubbing. This concluding chapter will pull together the main arguments outlined throughout this book, highlighting the tensions and contradictions embedded in young women’s negotiations of femininity and the ways in which these reflect the idea that the successful embodiment of ‘girly’ and ‘girliness’ is simultaneously something that is desired yet derided.
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