The Dystopian Mirror and the Female Body
Muller, Vivienne (2009) The Dystopian Mirror and the Female Body. Social Alternatives, 28(3), pp. 29-34.
Women’s experience of the change room mirror is not a particularly affirmative one. The pleasure in looking at the self is dissipated by the ideal feminine ‘I’ that hovers in the shadows of their image of self and others constructing dystopian surveillance and entrapment. This article considers the responses of a number of women bloggers who describe their negative experiences in front of change room mirrors. It also argues that the mirror has been used in positive and creative ways by women artists to assert a self that is not subject to a critical gaze.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||mirrors, consumerism, female self-image, representation, women artists|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200)|
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LITERARY STUDIES (200500)
|Divisions:||Current > Schools > Creative Writing & Literary Studies|
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2009 Social Alternatives|
|Deposited On:||29 Jan 2010 11:36|
|Last Modified:||01 Mar 2012 00:05|
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