Work

 

WORK

 

My work focuses on the relationship between women and cars in a variety of contexts. These include the woman’s car song, in which I examine how female singer songwriters often call upon the automobile as a metaphor for their lives, as well as women’s car advice websites, which I argue serve as an important location for the accumulation of women’s automotive knowledge and auto activism. However, my primary focus is on women’s participation in various car cultures traditionally associated with masculinity and the male driver. These include classic cars, pickup trucks, chick cars, and American muscle cars. My goal in these ethnographic projects is to examine how women negotiate membership in these historically masculine fraternites, ascribe new meanings to cars based on their personal and automotive experiences, and through ownership of a vehicle historically and culturally marked as masculine, disrupt common perceptions of the woman driver.