Body politics

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The Editors
13/06/2018

Obsession with one’s body is often part of growing up. The unspoken question is here: which standard are we trying to apply to ourselves? And this, then, is converted into: which group do we wish to be a member of? For when one wants to be part of a particular group, one really has to go for it and strive for the best ‘matching’ representation of oneself. Meaning: a representation that is in line with the explicit and implicit norms of that group. And here comes the problem: if your body differs too much from the average, it may make you feel abnormal – you may be too fat or too skinny, or simply insufficiently ‘in’, in the eyes of the others.

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#BodyPositive: Disrupting Normativity Online

Article
Victoria Mohr
13/06/2018
11 minutes to read

#bodypositive has been used by more than 4 million users on Instagram. This paper uses a Foucauldian lens to explore how body positive Instagrammers counter normative discourses of the body in western societies. 

constructing authenticity

How to appear authentic in a digital world

Paper
Miah Moos
03/04/2018
23 minutes to read

How authentic are we really? The increase of digital influencers and the pressure on users to reach a certain following or look a certain way before posting a photo, questions the idea of online authenticity. 

How vaginal trends discipline the body

Column
Gabriela de la Vega
26/03/2018
4 minutes to read

'Vajacials', wasp nests, and glitter are only some of the numerous vaginal trends out there. It seems like there is a never-ending need to change and enhance the female body and what does that say about the way in which women are perceived? 

Stop hating your body

Body culture, identity risks and NEDA week

Article
Meauraine van Gorp
05/03/2018
4 minutes to read

What if what you see in the mirror is not how you want others to see you? Find it out in this article on body culture, identity risks and NEDA week.

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There is no such thing as a detail when it comes to female body hair

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Gabriela de la Vega
12/03/2018
3 minutes to read

Female armpit hair is a hotly debated subject on social media; Miley Cyrus, Paris Jackson, and Lourdes Maria, Madonna’s daughter, have posted pictures or appeared in public with their underarm hair on display. What's the fuzz about?

Playboy without nudes

Paper
Julie Peters
23/02/2017
17 minutes to read

What happened to Playboy? This paper explores how the removal of nude images from Playboy demonstrated changing masculinities in contemporary postfeminist media culture and the implications for gender politics in the digital age.

Playboy's Postfeminism Problem

Column
Julie Peters
28/09/2017
4 minutes to read

Playboy is trying its hand at the feminism debate, but it is a hollow attempt.