Look good, feel good: sexiness and sexual pleasure in neoliberalism

WOOD, Rachel (2017). Look good, feel good: sexiness and sexual pleasure in neoliberalism. In: ELIAS, Ana Sofia, GILL, Rosalind and SCHARFF, Christina, (eds.) Aesthetic labour: rethinking beauty politics in neoliberalism. Dynamics of Virtual Work . Palgrave Macmillan. (In Press)

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    Abstract

    This paper explores the connections between sexiness and sexual pleasure for women in neoliberal, postfeminist culture. The first half of the paper is concerned with an examination of the way that ‘looking good’ and ‘feeling good’ are constructed and conflated by sex advice for women. The second half of the paper considers how this discourse is negotiated in women’s accounts, in which they work upon and understand themselves as sexual agents who look and feel good ‘for me’. In conclusion, I argue that working upon the self/body in ways that are intelligible in neoliberalism can be precarious and prone to failure.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Sociology, Politics and Policy Research Group
    Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities > Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics
    Depositing User: Rachel Wood
    Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2017 11:40
    Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 22:15
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/14744

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