Currently reading : “THIS IS MY BODY”: GENDER, TATTOOING AND RESISTANCE IN THE UNITED STATES (archive 1994)

“THIS IS MY BODY”: GENDER, TATTOOING AND RESISTANCE IN THE UNITED STATES (archive 1994)

17 June 2009

Author : jeanne-salome-rochat

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“This thesis is an experimental work combining anthropology and photography in the form of a written text and photographic essay. I first discuss the practices of anthropology and photography and their usage as they developed from the 1800s to the present to place my work in context. The body of the thesis examines the rise in interest in the practice of tattooing in the United States and its implications for women. Women’s bodies serve as a site of social control through gendered appearance and idealized beauty standards. Tattooing is visual communication, written on the body, which is linked historically to deviance and remains stigmatized in the West. Tattoos on women, especially the “new” tattooing of the past ten years or so, are a form of resistance to gendered appearance standards and social control.”

Read the thesis by Melissa M. Forbis, Temple University, May 1994



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