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Fashioning PostfeminismSpectacular Femininity and Transnational Culture$
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Simidele Dosekun

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043215

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043215.001.0001

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Choosing It All

Choosing It All

From Pleasure to Self-Confidence to Pain

(p.42) 2 Choosing It All
Fashioning Postfeminism

Simidele Dosekun

University of Illinois Press

This chapter explores the women’s accounts of why they dress in spectacularly feminine style. It shows that they insist on “choice,” positioning themselves as thoroughly agentic, self-regarding and self-pleasing in what they represent as a pleasurable and empowering yet also laborious, disciplined and policed, and sometimes physically painful dress practice. Teasing out the content and contradictions of the women’s said choice, the chapter argues that what they are choosing is spectacular feminine beauty, and ultimately because it promises a subjective and embodied sense of self-confidence.

Keywords:   Choice, Agency, self-confidence, pleasure, cruel optimism, psychic capital

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