The Dystopian Mirror and the Female Body

Muller, Vivienne (2009) The Dystopian Mirror and the Female Body. Social Alternatives, 28(3), pp. 29-34.

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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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ID Code: 30056
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: mirrors, consumerism, female self-image, representation, women artists
ISSN: 0155-0306
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: Past > Schools > Creative Writing & Literary Studies
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Social Alternatives
Deposited On: 29 Jan 2010 01:36
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:05

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