McTavish, L. 2015. Feminist Figure Girl: Look Hot While You Fight the Patriarchy.

Lianne McTavish. 2015. Feminist Figure Girl: Look Hot While You Fight the Patriarchy. Albany, NY: State University Press of New York.

Figure competition not like male-dominated fitness contests, requiring strength exercises – figure competition based on assessment of bodies, hair, makeup, skin tone, and costume

Despite objectification and perceived passivity based upon assessment of looks – female bodybuilders act as serious athletes with professional and fitness pursuits

Autoethnography: “a research method that utilizes the researchers’ autobiographical data to analyze and interpret cultural assumptions” (Chang – here xxii see 9)

Ellis: “autoethnnographic forms feature concrete action, emotion, embodiment, self-consciousness, and introspection portrayed in dialogue, scenes, characterization, and plot” (xxii, see 10)

Contrasting third wave (circa 2010) to postfeminism – see Dean 44, postfeminism as end of need of feminism, or something that comes after the event of feminism; obscures gender through individualism, neoliberalism, promotes “resurgent patriarchy” (McRobbie 45)

Skim Holland for accounts of pole dancing as liberation exercise.


Chang, Heewon. 2008. Autoethnography as Method. Walnut Creek, CA: Alta Mira Press. (page 9).

Ellis, Carolyn. 2004. The Ethnographic I: A Methodological Novel about Autoethnography. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press. (pg. xix)

Dean, Jonathan. 2010. Rethinking Contemporary Feminist Politics. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

McRobbie, Angela. 2009. The Aftermath of Feminism: Gender, Culture, and Social Change. London: Sage (pg. 85)

Holland, Samantha. 2010. Pole Dancing, Empowerment, and Embodiment. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.


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