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Burlesque: Part 2 in a 2 Part Series

The second in a 2 part series exploring burlesque. Meghan Murphy, Ariana Barer, and Nicole Deagan respond to some points brought up during the first segment of the series and challenge the idea that burlesque empowers women. Exploring meanings and the use of terms like 'choice' and 'empowerment', the construction of arguments against burlesque as being about 'sin' or 'morals', and the representation of burlesque as 'underground' or 'alternative', and therefore subversive, The F Word interrogates the cooptation of this language by dominant power structures and by mainstream media. Does burlesque really 'empower' women? Is this the 'new feminism'? Or is it simply a new way of embracing patriarchy? For further commentary on this topic please see:

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