L236 FinalAlexandraJamesThesis_Redacted.pdf (3.3 MB)
Download file

Fashioning the Vagina: A Qualitative Investigation of Young Women’s Perspectives

Download (3.3 MB)
thesis
posted on 03.04.2019, 04:12 authored by ALEXANDRA LEE JAMES
This thesis examines young women's understandings and experiences of genital fashioning practices. Young women engage with genital fashioning within a context shaped by social influences and pressures. In particular, the mainstream media, sexual partners, and peer groups encourage women’s participation in practices of genital fashioning. Dually, within contemporary discourse, young women are exposed to postfeminist messages which assert individual capacity for agency, expression and assertive sexuality. These contradictory social expectations were negotiated by the participants who recognised capacity for agency within the complex cultural context currently inhabited by young women. This research contributes to broader debates about choice and agency.

History

Principal supervisor

Joanne Maree Lindsay

Year of Award

2018

Department, School or Centre

Social and Political Sciences

Course

Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type

DOCTORATE

Faculty

Faculty of Arts