Alternative Femininities: Body, Age and Identity / Edition 1

Alternative Femininities: Body, Age and Identity / Edition 1

by Samantha Holland
     
 

ISBN-10: 1859738087

ISBN-13: 9781859738085

Pub. Date: 09/04/2004

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Imagine a world where the oppressive, over-feminized images of women from advertising, television, films, and magazines have re-armed themselves with army boots, body modifications, and flamboyant hair. Is this just another fairy tale, and if so, why can't it be a reality? In Alternative Femininities, Samantha Holland unpacks the myth of model womanhood and considers…  See more details below

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Imagine a world where the oppressive, over-feminized images of women from advertising, television, films, and magazines have re-armed themselves with army boots, body modifications, and flamboyant hair. Is this just another fairy tale, and if so, why can't it be a reality? In Alternative Femininities, Samantha Holland unpacks the myth of model womanhood and considers how a particular group of real women define and practise 'femininity'. These women, who see themselves as 'alternative', modify and subvert popular images of femininity. The choices they make in clothing, appearance and body modifications enable them to construct a personal look that is intimately tied to self-identity. Getting the balance right between over-femininity and not being feminine enough is a frequently voiced concern. Holland also addresses head-on the much-neglected issue of how ageing impacts on notions of femininity. What do these women think about fashion, gender and appearance as they grow older and less visible in our media-dominated society? Do they choose to tone down or stay 'out there', and what motivates their choice? A revealing look at contemporary femininity, Alternative Femininities gives voice to a previously silent group of women who struggle to resist sexist gender stereotypes, yet age with style, individuality and creativity. By looking at how real women negotiate self-image in an increasingly appearance-conscious society, Holland has provided a much-needed corrective to theoretical accounts of gender and femininity lacking in real data.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859738085
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
09/04/2004
Series:
Dress, Body, Culture Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.17(w) x 9.81(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

1Growing up but staying 'freaky' : an introduction1
2Background reading7
3Negotiating fluffy femininities35
4How to be a fairy princess53
5Categories of unconventional71
6'More like torture than love'?95
7Defying the crone?117
8Reflections and conclusions139

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