Seminar Paper: “Facing the Hardships”: Mixed Race Relationships and Women’s Magazines in 1950s Britain


Paper will be presented Gender and Sexuality Research Seminar at Reading University on 13 March 2017.

The arrival of the Empire Windrush in 1948 was a symbolic turning point as the British Nationality Act saw the ‘Empire come home.’ At the centre of debates about new ‘race relations’ were mixed race relationships, challenging racial, colonial and gender boundaries. This paper examines discussion of mixed race relationships in British women’s magazines in the 1950’s, particularly in Agony Aunt pages, to examine how women represented their experiences and how responses were framed. This paper is part of a new research project that investigates the representation of mixed race relationships in cultural productions and maps the connection between discourse and experience for those in these relationships.



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