Tag Archives: celebrity

tulisa July 24

The perils of blogging

I love blogging for both my research and teaching. It helps me with my writing it is great at making thoughts coherent as well as sharing ideas and getting feedback. I have always been careful not to blog about my Ph.D research, or put anything in too much detail. Blogging is not an add to […]

katieprice3 May 07

The regulation of Katie Price

I have a love/hate relationship with Katie Price. I find the misogynistic comments she makes about other women stomach churning, I don’t think she’s a woman’s woman. Calling Kelly Brook (a size 8 UK model) a ‘heffer’ was nasty, dangerous and completely unacceptable. She has the teenage attitude of getting a boyfriend and 5 minutes […]

plastic6 August 20

Designing the Doll: bikini, figure and body-building

The real living dolls. Not so long ago, female bodybuilding and competing was the preserve of a minority. Then the Bikini category was added, and aided by the explosion of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, blogs.. previous elitist language such as ‘eating clean’, ‘carb depletion’ have become social media favourites. It seems every other bikini-clad twenty-something […]

plastic7 July 27

Princess Doll: The Unbearable Lightness of Perfection

I was glued to BBC News awaiting Kate and William (the Royal answer to Barbie and Ken) and the big reveal of the Hashtag Royal Baby. I couldn’t wait for Kate to float onto the steps outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s hospital, and delight the crowds with our future king in her dainty […]

plastic44 June 09

Chav Barbie Tulisa : Down with the Doll

Tulisa. Ah, my beautiful Tula. Much has been written in the aftermath of the Sun’s sterling investigation. I bet it took them months if not years to devise such an amazing plan. You know, go to a club and ask a young person if anyone they know can get hold of drugs. How about asking […]

lap_dancer May 26

Stupid Dolls: Lap-dancing, Joan Smith and Polar Disorder

After hearing soundbites of Joan Smith’s latest tirades, I knew I would have to read her new book, The Public Woman. Partly because my research is on lap-dancing clubs, and partly because a friend assured me I would want to rip it up. I’m a glutton for that sort of book. Each chapter would make […]

plastic19 May 18

Snog Marry Avoid: The Moral Economies of Whiteness

I have a guest blog at Celeb Youth entitled Snog Marry Avoid: The Moral Economies of Whiteness. A blogger has written about it here. About CelebYouth “This is the website for a research project entitled: ‘The role of celebrity in young people’s classed and gendered aspirations’. It is being carried out by Heather Mendick and […]