Burlesque and Body Positivity

This essay talks about body image from the perspective of burlesque performers and audiences, emphasizing that everyone’s journey to body positivity is unique. Bodies put on display help counteract normative ideas about the abstract, perfect body, thus helping everyone feel a little more comfortable in their own skins. The author concludes on a positive, proactive note: “Own your body, call other people out when they attempt to shame you; the more we love our bodies a little more, the better we can help others love their own.”

Regardless of your thoughts on burlesque as an art form, this seems like sound advice.

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About Jeana


Jeana Jorgensen, PhD recently completed her doctoral degree in folklore and gender studies at Indiana University. She studies fairy tales and other narratives, dance, body art, feminist theory, digital humanities, and gender identity.