(De)Constructing Womanhood: Adolescent Personal Blogs and the Political
Written mostly by girls, they seem to revolve around fashion and cosmetics, but under closer inspection they reveal a range of opinions on politics and society. Their authors have a growing audience and tend to use social media promotion tools very competently, so their influence is steadily growing. They are the new digital elite, creating trends and setting an example to others.
In my paper I will present several case studies of popular Polish female teenage personal blogs. My presentation will focus on the way bloggers construct womanhood, which is not limited to looks. It is also performative (Butler 1990) and influenced, mostly unknowingly, by feminism, capitalism, materialism and other ideologies. Blog authors not only introduce their views, but also act on them, for example by cooperating or aspiring to cooperate with businesses. This raises mixed emotions among readers, who express them openly. As a result, values are constantly being negotiated between authors and readers, with private and public spheres merging and infiltrating one another.