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Sexualized Female Bodies: Gender Implications on the Characterization of Lengmo in Hong Kong Print Media
Community College of City University.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS).
2012 (Chinese)In: Hong Kong Journal of Social Sciences, ISSN 1021-3619, Vol. 42, no Spring/Summer, 83-96 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [zh]

In recent years, lengmo has emerged as a popular and controversial subject in Hong Kong society. Literally meaning naïve young model, lengmo is a relatively new occupation that allows young women who lack the figure of professional models to enter the entertainment industry. These young women, mostly in sexy appearance, become a social phenomenon propelled by local print media. This paper analyzes how Hong Kong print media characterize lengmo by endorsing them as sexualized subjects. These characterizations imply the discourse of sexualizing female bodies. Although seemingly pushing the expression of female sexuality into social spaces, they do not liberate women in pursuit of sexual autonomy. Such implication entails the patriarchal ideology in which the operation of local print media is grounded.

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2012. Vol. 42, no Spring/Summer, 83-96 p.
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Media Studies Gender Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-60887OAI: diva2:565136
Available from: 2012-11-06 Created: 2012-11-01 Last updated: 2013-06-13Bibliographically approved

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