Tag Archives: plastic

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 […]

August 05

Guest blogger: Young Beautiful and Fertile: the Disney Ideal

Young, beautiful and fertile: the Disney ideal by Guest blogger Laura Clancy Laura Clancy is about to start an MA in Gender & Women’s Studies & Sociology at Lancaster University. She has interests in celebrity, femininity, masculinity, social class and culture. She tweets at @Laura__Clancy, and blogs over at http://cynicalscribbles.wordpress.com. Although Disney likes to claim […]

Literary Dolls: The Female Textual Body from the 19th Century to Now

Originally posted on READ Research in English at Durham:
This one-day conference held on International Women’s Day 2014 assesses the ways in which women’s physical form has been depicted in artworks from the nineteenth century to the present day. “Lucky I have nice hands if nothing else,” says Ella at last, very dry. He comes to her,…

April 20

Undergraduate short piece: Subverting Gender Norms; Nicki Minaj as Barbie

I have come across another piece I wrote at Level 6 undergraduate level, I have put a shorter version here. Hopefully this will be of use to other undergraduates or those new to Sociology. As you can see the doll theme was definitely on my mind. Any comments/ feedback/ problems (especially with my references to […]

April 12

Plastic Feminism

Ok, second rambling rant, I mean blog post is here. Firstly I want to say I do respect differing opinions from my own (honest!) and everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I enjoy speaking with people with a completely different outlook, it helps me to critique my own ideas, and helps me to grow. […]