Feminist Figure Girl

Feminist Figure Girl

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Analyzes the authora€™s transformation from academic to figure competitor. Feminist Figure Girl chronicles the transformation of art history professor Lianne McTavish, from a university professor into an extraordinarily tanned and crystal-encrusted bikini-wearing a€œfigure girl.a€ Figure competitions seek a softer appearance than traditional forms of bodybuilding but still require rigorous weightlifting, an extreme protein diet, and many hours of posing in high heels. While training for a figure show, McTavish combined autoethnographic methods, participant observation, and feminist theory to find new ways of thinking about physique culture and the female body. The author, who specializes in critical visual culture and the history of the body, explores such contemporary issues as body image, fat studies, identity politics, and a€œpostfeminism, a€ while rethinking fitness culture, diet regimes, feminist politics, reproductive activism, performance art, and the social function of photography. Written in a lively personal style reminiscent of McTavisha€™s popular blog, she clearly explains the complex ideas stemming from the theoretical work of such writers as Judith Butler, Simone de Beauvoir, Michel Foucault, Iris Marion Young, Edmund Husserl, and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. The book also includes many photos documenting McTavisha€™s physical transformation. a€œDieting and exercising with the goal of posing onstage in a bikini and heels is not what many think of when they think of feminism, but then those people have never read Feminist Figure Girl. Lianne McTavish brings figure competitions and feminisma€”two seemingly opposed thingsa€”together in this intellectually challenging, deeply personal book. This is a must read for anyone with a passion for feminism and fitness.a€ a€” Caitlin Constantine, editor of the Fit and Feminist blogTo outsiders, the bodybuilding identity is visual rather than spiritual, revealed by cut musculature, tanned skin, and an upright posture. ... they call a a€œscientifically based approach to weight loss, a€ and hand out written instructions.28 Clients are positioned as recipients of the ... both posted on the Weight Watchers website and available in printed booklets, but members can also use their a€œpoints calculator, a€ aanbsp;...

Title:Feminist Figure Girl
Author:Lianne McTavish
Publisher:SUNY Press - 2015-01-08


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