Honors Theses

Author(s)

Sarah Spech

Advisor

Susan L. Trollinger, Ph.D.

Department

English

Publication Date

4-2016

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Abstract

Instagram has skyrocketed in popularity over the last few years, catapulting some of its users into a new type of fame--"Instafame." Female users who achieve "Instafame" do so in large measure by carefully constructing an identity that articulates a popular ideal of the female body. Many commentators see this presentation of self as a new means of empowerment. But others argue that these "Instafamous" women are pressured to objectify themselves in order to accumulate thousands of “likes” to create and sustain their celebrity status. In this presentation, I analyze the images on some popular fitness Instagram accounts using the feminist works of Kate Millett and Sut Jhally.

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities


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