Recreational burlesque and the aging female body: challenging perceptions
AffiliationUniversity of Derby
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AbstractRejecting 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.
CitationCollard-Stokes, G. (2020). 'Recreational burlesque and the aging female body: challenging perceptions'. Journal of Women & Aging, pp. 1-16.
PublisherTaylor & Francis
JournalJournal of Women and Aging