Virtual (Dis)orientations and the luminosity of disabled girlhood

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Abstract

In this article I analyze the production of disabled girlhood on YouTube. Examining the YouTube channel of Rikki Poynter, a deaf vlogger, I show how YouTube is an affective spotlight through which exceptional disabled young women and girls are insidiously called to participate in a project of ablenationalism. I trace how Poynter’s channel, as an affective conduit of benevolence, participates in a project of ablebodied rehabilitation. Paradoxically, as Poynter is incorporated into the nation through the resignification of her corporeality as a disabled young woman, (dis)orienting affects that reverberate from her #NoMoreVoicing—A Challenge Video + Closed Captioning Campaign | ASL vlog pose the potential for a collective crip reimagining of the virtual.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-49
Number of pages16
JournalGirlhood Studies
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2018

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Publisher Copyright:
© Berghahn Books.

Keywords

  • Ablenationalism
  • Affect
  • Disability
  • Media
  • US
  • YouTube

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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