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ERIC Number: EJ844043
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 65
ISSN: ISSN-1052-0147
Femininity, Masculinity, and Body Image Issues among College-Age Women: An In-Depth and Written Interview Study of the Mind-Body Dichotomy
Leavy, Patricia; Gnong, Andrea; Ross, Lauren Sardi
Qualitative Report, v14 n2 p261-292 Jun 2009
In this article we investigate college-age women's body image issues in the context of dominant femininity and its polarization of the mind and body. We use original data collected through seven in-depth interviews and 32 qualitative written interviews with college-age women and men. We coded the data thematically applying feminist approaches to the analysis. We conclude that the current standard of femininity disproportionately associates women's worth with their bodies. Differing from literature that suggests femininity is associated with physicality and masculinity is not, our research suggests that masculinity is also partly associated with physicality, but in a way that is linked to power and does not reduce masculinity to only physicality.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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