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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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: Sociology, Politics and Policy Research Group
Departments: Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities > Psychology, Sociology and Politics
Depositing User: Rachel Wood
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2017 11:40
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2017 11:40
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/14744

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