Negotiating the Anti-Girl: Articulating Punk Girlhood in the Online Diary

  • Emma Maguire
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Life Writing book series (PSLW)

Abstract

In 2001, prominent Portland zinester and DIY punk Alex Wrekk declared in her hugely popular self-published zine Brainscan, that she was an “anti-girl” who didn’t like girls and preferred to be “one of the guys”. Her online diary, though, tells a different story. What can the tensions between Wrekk’s online self-presentation and her DIY print media self-presentation tell us about navigating subcultural pressures as a punk girl at the turn of the millennium? This chapter considers this tension and proposes that online diary communities, shaped by perceived notions of authenticity and intimacy, have the potential to elicit autobiographical practices that forge networks of support for young women.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Emma Maguire
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  1. 1.James Cook UniversityTownsvilleAustralia

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