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Tough-Girl Femininity, Sisterhood and Respectability: Minority Girls’ Perceptions of Sexual Harassment in an Urban Secondary School

Journal article
Authors Ylva Odenbring
Thomas Johansson
Published in NORA - Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research
Volume 27
Issue 4
Pages 258-270
ISSN 0803-8740
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Education, Communication and Learning
Pages 258-270
Language en
Keywords Femininity; gender; lower secondary school; minority background; sexual harassment
Subject categories Educational Sciences


This study aims to explore how adolescent girls with minority backgrounds experience different forms of sexual harassment in school. The study draws on semi-structured interviews conducted in a lower secondary school located in one of Sweden’s most socially disadvantaged urban areas. The results reveal that the girls repeatedly experienced misogynist comments such as “whore” and “slut” and were subjected to moral judgements connected to their manner of dressing and behaving. The girls’ narratives were also framed as tough-girl femininity, which is related to how they had to show a tough façade against acts of harassment as well as to other students at the school. When the name-calling became personal, the girls stuck together against the harassing boys and fought back verbally. The study contributes important knowledge about how adolescent girls perceive sexual harassment at school; this knowledge is important in efforts to create a safer school environment for all students.

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