Girls' Night Out: Female Graffiti Artists in a Gendered City

by Gentry, Erin

Abstract (Summary)
Graffiti art is often thought of as a boys' subculture because it is seen as too dangerous and aggressive for girls to be involved. Despite this assumption, girls have been invested in graffiti art since its beginnings in the early 1970's, and continue to contribute to the subculture's development today. This thesis explores the often ignored position of female graffiti artists by looking both at the physical and the social spaces in which female graffiti artists work. The city is explored as a masculine space that is hostile to female graffiti artists. The subculture of graffiti is inhospitable as well, because female graffiti artists are often fetishized and objectified, and their talents are under constant scrutiny within the subculture. This thesis employs personal interviews with several female graffiti artists and then uses a cultural studies approach to develop an understanding of the position of females in graffiti. Finally, it explores the ways in which the hyper-masculine natures of both the city and the subculture have affected the subjectivities of female graffiti artists through a visual analysis of self-portraits of the artists.
Bibliographical Information:


School:Bowling Green State University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:graffiti subcultures gender studies urban


Date of Publication:01/01/2008

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