Tattooed female bodies: considerations from the literature

Charlotte Dann, Jane Callaghan, Lisa Fellin

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In this article, we present an overview of literature that explores tattooed female bodies. Focusing particularly on literature on femininities and embodiment, we consider how tattooed women’s bodies are read culturally, and the implications of this reading for our further understanding of the social construction of femininities. We explore how hegemonic notions of femininities and embodiment intersect in our cultural reading of women’s tattooed bodies. To conclude, we look at how femininities and embodiment are important in understanding how femininity is constituted, how women experience their tattooed bodies differently, and what this means in terms of how the body is read culturally.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPsychology of Women Section Review
Issue number1
Early online date1 May 2016
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 May 2016


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