Being Gorgeous: Feminism, Sexuality and the Pleasures of the Visual

Being Gorgeous: Feminism, Sexuality and the Pleasures of the Visual
Library Shelf Location 06.FEMI
Publication Date 2014

Being Gorgeous explores the ways in which extravagance, flamboyance and dressing up can open up possibilities for women to play around anarchically with familiar stereotypical tropes of femininity. This is protest through play - a pleasurable misbehaviour that reflects a feminism for the twenty-first century. Jacki Willson discusses how, whether through pastiche, parody, or pure pleasure, artists, artistes and indeed the spectators themselves can operate in excess of the restrictive images which saturate our visual culture. By referring to a wide spectrum of examples, including Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette, Matthew Barney, Dr Sketchy s, Audacity Chutzpah, Burly Q and Carnesky s Ghost Train, Being Gorgeous demonstrates how contemporary female performers embody, critique and thoroughly relish their own representation by inappropriately re-appropriating femininity.

ISBN 9781780762845
Quantity 1
Pages 256p; 14 x 2.5 x 22.2 cm
Author Jacki Willson
Format Paperback
Publisher I.B. Tauris
Categories Contemporary Cultural Studies, Theatre, Fashion
Keywords Feminism, Cultural identity, Art and fashion
Language English

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