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Alternative Femininities: Body, Age and Identity (Dress, Body, Culture)

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Imagine a world where oppressive, over-feminized media images of women 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? Holland unpacks the myth of model womanhood and considers how a group of real women define and practice "femininity." How does aging affect notions of femininity? What do 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? 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-perception in an increasingly image-conscious society, Holland provides a corrective to other accounts of gender and femininity lacking in real data.

About the Author

Samantha Holland is Researcher, Centre for Leisure and Sport Research, Leeds Metropolitan University.

Table of Contents

Growing up but Staying "Freaky" * Background Reading * Negotiating Fluffy Femininities * How to Be a Fairy Princess * Categories of Unconventional * "More Like Torture than Love?" * Defying the Crone? * Reflections & Conclusions

Product Details

ISBN:
9781859738085
Subtitle:
Body, Age and Identity
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Author:
Holland, Samantha
Location:
New York
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Fashion
Subject:
Beauty & Grooming - General
Subject:
Aging
Subject:
Sex role
Subject:
Feminism
Subject:
Self-perception
Subject:
Femininity.
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Gender Studies-Womens Studies
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Dress, Body, Culture,
Series Volume:
no. 32/2002
Publication Date:
20040904
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.18x6.18x.49 in. .77 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Body Issues
Sports and Outdoors » Sports and Fitness » Sports General

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