‘I just think it’s dirty and lazy’: Fat surveillance and erotic capital

Winch, Alison (2016) ‘I just think it’s dirty and lazy’: Fat surveillance and erotic capital. Sexualities, 19 (8). pp. 898-913. ISSN 1461-7382

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Abstract

Contextualised within the UK mediascape, this article discusses how fat signifies the classed failures of neoliberalism. Because class aspiration, entrepreneurialism and the myth of the competitive individual are pivotal to the political economy of neoliberalism, fat is increasingly and vehemently vilified as abject across media platforms. Fat-surveillance media, which are marketed specifically to women by their visuals, gendered community, language, and structures of feeling, participate in a ‘gynaeopticon’ where the controlling gaze is female, and the many women regulate the many women. Rather than being a top-down form of governance and discipline such as in the panopticon, control is affectively devolved among systems or networks of the policing gaze. As well as monitoring women along the lines of class, I argue that these media circumscribe the de-individualising possibilities and passions of the libido.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: affect,body image,digital neworks,erotic capital,fat surveillance,gynaeopticon,neoliberalism,popular culture,postfeminism
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Film, Television and Media
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2016 08:41
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2020 01:29
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/59372
DOI: 10.1177/1363460716640729

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