‘You do act differently when you're in it’: lingerie and femininity

WOOD, Rachel (2016). ‘You do act differently when you're in it’: lingerie and femininity. Journal of Gender Studies, 25 (1), 10-23.

Wood You do act differently when youre in it.pdf - Accepted Version
All rights reserved.

Download (358kB) | Preview
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/095892...
Link to published version:: https://doi.org/10.1080/09589236.2013.874942


This paper examines British women’s accounts of buying and wearing lingerie taken from in-depth interviews exploring experiences of shopping in sex shops. Lingerie forms one part of a sexual consumer culture that is positioned within a neoliberal discourse of postfeminism. Women’s engagement with the representation of lingerie, the way they enact lingerie buying and wearing in their everyday lives and the ways they speak about these practices show complex and often incongruous strategies of accommodation and negotiation. Such strategies can make lingerie pleasurable and liveable whilst at the same time expressing forms of anxiety, ambivalence or laughter directed towards the performance of femininity and feminine sexuality required and represented by lingerie. I contend that it is precisely through this often contradictory engagement with lingerie that strategic counter discourses emerge, by which women can resist some of the respectable norms of female sexuality. Women position themselves in ambivalent ways in relation to the visual imperative of feminine sexuality represented by lingerie, particularly through an embodied discourse of comfort and discomfort, or through the playful and pleasurable performance of non-naturalised gender roles.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: femininity; consumption; the body; postfeminism; pleasure; resistance
Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities > Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/09589236.2013.874942
Page Range: 10-23
Depositing User: Rachel Wood
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2017 10:21
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 04:02
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/14900

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics