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Derby Girls' Parodic Self-Sexualizations: Autonomy, Articulacy and Ambiguity

Davis, Paul and Edwards, Lisa (2021) Derby Girls' Parodic Self-Sexualizations: Autonomy, Articulacy and Ambiguity. Sport, Ethics and Philosophy. ISSN 1751-1321

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When behaviours or character traits match sociocultural expectation, heteronomy is a natural suspicion. A further natural suspicion is that the behaviours or character traits are unhealthy for the agent or for objectives of social justice and liberation. Second Wave feminism therefore includes a robust narrative of unease about female self-sexualisation. Third Wave feminism has more upbeat narratives of the latter, in terms of confidence and empowerment. The preceding tension is refracted through cases such as Ronda Rousey and ‘derby girls’, as well as those of many less ostentatious women. It is argued that such self-sexualisation can be autonomous as opposed to heteronomous. It is argued, furthermore, that it is not a priori unhealthy for the agent and that autonomous female self-sexualisation admits of degrees of self-consciousness and articulacy. At the same time, such self-sexualisation takes place within gendered social structures, with consequences that legitimate the reinvocation of Second Wave motifs such as the commodification of female sexuality and the privileging of precise images of female sexuality.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Autonomy; articulacy; ambiguity; derby; feminism
Depositing User: Paul Davis


Item ID: 13799
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ISSN: 1751-1321
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Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2021 13:02
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2023 03:38


Author: Paul Davis ORCID iD
Author: Lisa Edwards

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