Recreational burlesque and the aging female body: challenging perceptions

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Collard-Stokes, Gemma 2020. Recreational burlesque and the aging female body: challenging perceptions. Journal of Women and Aging. 34 (2), pp. 155-169. https://doi.org/10.1080/08952841.2020.1839319
AuthorsCollard-Stokes, Gemma
Abstract

Rejecting the association between aging and asexuality that persists in the UK’s cultural representation of the female aging body, this paper reveals the importance of sensuality and maintaining physical agency to older women. It pays attention to the phenomena of participating in recreational burlesque classes to counter and negotiate potentially negative representations. Through in-depth interviews and researcher-as-participant observation, the paper explores the transformative possibilities mediated through participating in theatrically glamorized performance classes and the processes thereby initiated. The author examines the potential of burlesque to offer improvements to wellbeing and healthier self-perceptions for aging women experiencing marginalization through social invisibility.

Keywordswomen and aging; aging and popular culture; sexuality; identity; dance; burlesque
Year2020
JournalJournal of Women and Aging
Journal citation34 (2), pp. 155-169
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN0895-2841
1540-7322
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/08952841.2020.1839319
Web address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08952841.2020.1839319
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/625333
hdl:10545/625333
Output statusPublished
Publication dates28 Oct 2020
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Accepted17 Oct 2020
Deposited05 Nov 2020
ContributorsUniversity of Derby
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