No Laughing Matter

Girls’ Comics and the Preparation for Adolescent Sexuality
  • Valerie Walkerdine
Part of the Path in Psychology book series (PATH)


This chapter is a consideration of how girls are prepared for initiation into romantic love and other heterosexual practices. I have chosen to examine this preparation for adolescent sexuality as it is mediated by children’s fiction, especially girls’ comics. Such an inquiry allows us to discuss the relation between cultural forms and the psychological production of feminine desire.


Fairy Tale Comic Book Good Deed Good Girl Semiotic Chain 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Valerie Walkerdine
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  1. 1.Institute of EducationUniversity of LondonLondonEngland

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