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Pink Ribbon Pin-Ups: Photographing Femininity after Breast Cancer

Regehr, Kaitlyn (2012) Pink Ribbon Pin-Ups: Photographing Femininity after Breast Cancer. Culture Health and Sexuality, 14 (7). pp. 753-766. ISSN 1369-1058. (doi:10.1080/13691058.2012.690104) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Many treatments for breast cancer are traumatic, invasive and harshly visible. In addition to physical trauma, breast cancer is often associated with a variety of psychosocial issues surrounding romantic relationships, sexuality and feminine identity. Pink Ribbon Pin-Ups was a pin-up girl calendar wherein all the models were women who were living with, or had survived, breast cancer. The project's purpose was to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research and to create a space where survivors could explore and express their post-cancer sexuality. This study uses an observational approach, paired with semi-structured interviews, to explore the ways that breast cancer survivors perceive their post-cancer body and the subsequent impact on relationships and feminine identity. By examining contemporary discussions regarding breast cancer, body image and the objectification of women, it is concluded that although this photographic approach may be at odds with some modern breast cancer activism, it does appear to meet the expressed needs of a particular group of women living with the disease.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/13691058.2012.690104
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts
Depositing User: Kaitlyn Regehr
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2019 18:02 UTC
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2019 14:53 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/78671 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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