Chicks on sticks: Women, surfing, celluloid

26 May 2008 0 Share

By Paul Scott

Puberty Blues era Cronulla

Puberty Blues era Cronulla



Introduction
This article seeks to examine and analyse the manner in which three coming-of-age or rites-of-passage films – Gidget (1959), Puberty Blues (1981) and Blue Crush (2002) - seek to portray the relationship between female adolescence and surfing. In a sport that remains predominantly white, middle class and male – recreationally, professionally and in its key representations - these three films provide historians and cultural analysts with a suitable terrain to explore that relationship through focusing a lens on the interaction between content and context. Surfing's relationship to sex and gender appears to crash onto the shore of popular culture in waves of inconsistency, contradiction and extremes. Scholarly examination is warranted to further our understanding of gender issues, female adolescence, patriarchal anxiety and the shifting cultural significance of the surfing lifestyle.

Table of Contents

Surfing Hollywood: History, Heroes and Hodads
- Surfing Hollywood: History, Heroes and Hodads

Gidget
- Gidget: Turning on the Suburbs
- Gidget, Lolita and Anxious Dads
- Gidget: Surfing Around Conformity

Puberty Blues
- Puberty Blues: Not Just Happy Memories
- Sun and Surf and Sand and Sex
- Greenhills: Status Migration
- Surf Culture: Gendered Boundaries All Around
- Boys and Surfboards : Subservience and Liberation

Blue Crush
- Grrrrl Power or Pretty Woman Meets Baywatch Barbie?
- ‘Haolewood’: We Grew Here - You Flew Here
- Surfploitation


Conclusion

Tags: (create Alert from these tags)

blog comments powered by Disqus
Features
The Slump, by Nick Carroll – Part Two, The Coalface

The Slump, by Nick Carroll – Part Two, The Coalface

A CW series on what’s happened to Aussie fortunes on the men’s world tour and what might turn it around

22 Jul 2019
Lids Light Up Snapper

Lids Light Up Snapper

Matt Lackey and the lid gang sticking it to the stand-up crew at a pumping Snapper Rocks. There are some deep spitting wormholes in this esky edit.

3 21 Jul 2019
Sean Doherty: Medina Wins, Single Tear Rolls Down Occy's Cheek

Sean Doherty: Medina Wins, Single Tear Rolls Down Occy's Cheek

Corona Open J-Bay 2019, Finals Day

4 20 Jul 2019
Recent

Surfer Found Guilty of Assault on Ex-Pro Jodie Cooper

Lennox surfer Mark Thomson will be assessed for a community work order after a hearing in Ballina Local Court on Friday

3 20 Jul 2019
Breaking: John John Florence Is Out For J-Bay, Likely the Rest of the Year

Breaking: John John Florence Is Out For J-Bay, Likely the Rest of the Year

2 Jul 2019
Surfers Announced for the Bells Beach 50 Year Storm Invitational in Memory of Shaun Brooks

Surfers Announced for the Bells Beach 50 Year Storm Invitational in Memory of Shaun Brooks

1 12 Jun 2019
WSL Launches Stop Trashing Waves Campaign, Joins Global Climate Movement

WSL Launches Stop Trashing Waves Campaign, Joins Global Climate Movement

3 5 Jun 2019
Nathan Fletcher's New Film, Heavy Water, Looks Epic and It's Coming to Aus This Week

Nathan Fletcher's New Film, Heavy Water, Looks Epic and It's Coming to Aus This Week

2 5 Jun 2019
Latest News

Surfer Found Guilty of Assault on Ex-Pro Jodie Cooper

Lennox surfer Mark Thomson will be assessed for a community work order after a hearing in Ballina Local Court on Friday

Nathan Fletcher's New Film, Heavy Water, Looks Epic and It's Coming to Aus This Week

With five special QnA screenings with Nathan and Hollywood director Michael Oblowitz from this Sunday

Popular This Week

Lids Light Up Snapper

Matt Lackey and the lid gang sticking it to the stand-up crew at a pumping Snapper Rocks. There are some deep spitting wormholes in this esky edit.

The Slump, by Nick Carroll – Part One, The Legend

A CW series on what’s happened to Aussie fortunes on the men’s world tour — and what might turn it around

Weekend Surf Forecast 19 - 21 July 2019

The coastal fringes beckon this weekend.

Go to Top