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The Rise of Recreational Burlesque: Bumping and Grinding Towards Empowerment

Regehr, Kaitlyn (2012) The Rise of Recreational Burlesque: Bumping and Grinding Towards Empowerment. Sexuality and Culture, 16 (2). pp. 134-157. ISSN 1936-4822. (doi:10.1007/s12119-011-9113-2) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

American Burlesque is a historical movement dating back to the late nineteenth century that has had a recent revival in our culture. Searching for community, physical and emotional well-being, and increased self-esteem, women are flocking to recreational burlesque classes, seeking to draw upon the bold confidence of the audacious burlesquers of the past. This study examines the experiences of eight women on a reality television show who sought empowerment and increased self-esteem through sexualized dance. Through participant observation and reviewing video-footage and transcripts of filmed interviews, the study examines the relationship between burlesque dancing and empowerment through the experiences of these individuals. All the participants perceived the burlesque training to be empowering and asserted that the experience enhanced their sense of self-efficacy. When dealing with a performance form in which women have historically displayed their sexualized bodies primarily for the enjoyment of men, the question of objectification arises. This article examines the rise of recreational burlesque and its impact on individual and collective empowerment of women.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/s12119-011-9113-2
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts
Depositing User: Kaitlyn Regehr
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2019 18:56 UTC
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2019 14:42 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/78673 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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