TITLE

SHAME IN THE SIXTH GRADE AND THE CONTINUED SURVEILLANCE OF FEMALE BODY HAIR

AUTHOR(S)
GUILLARD, JULIANNE
PUB. DATE
August 2015
SOURCE
Visual Culture & Gender;2015, Vol. 10, p29
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Essay
ABSTRACT
This essay links past and present examples of the construction of gendered bodies through the presence or absence of body hair. Through autoethnography and feminist visual media analysis, I argue that trends indicate a growing resistance to normative constructions of a body amongst younger audiences. I analyze the case of Balpreet Kaur, whose image was captured and posted on the website Reddit without her consent, and a recently retracted media campaign by the hair removal company Veet. While my analysis looks brightly to the future, due to encouraging collective activism on the topic of body hair and gender, it is noted that the high occurrence of surveillance and subjectification continues to plague visual representations of the female body. Culture-jamming practices by students within classroom spaces serve as tools of resistance to hegemonic media imagery.
ACCESSION #
110236888

 

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