Assignment -- Come prepared for Discussion

No written assignment.  Come prepared to discuss the main ideas of the reading and the connections between the reading and the film.


Here are some questions to help you focus your attention while reading:

How does Wilson define “post-feminism” and “postfeminism”?  Why is the distinction between them important? How are these ideas relevant to burlesque?  How did second wave feminism view burlesque differently?

On p. 7 of the introduction, Wilson explains the title of the book. Why did she call this text “The Happy Stripper?”

Throughout the introduction (and indeed throughout the book) Wilson asks a lot of questions.  Which questions do you find the most compelling?  (Keep a list).

Wilson argues that historically the use of cosmetics to create an artifical “improved” appearance was liberating to women.  How does she argue this?

Why does Wilson spend the first part of Chapter 4 discussing cosmetics and other “beautification” products and procedures?

How does Wilson draw parallels between the political nature of veiling and that of unveiling?

What does Wilson have to say about "the issue of prettiness" and it's importance to feminism?

How does Wilson argue that burlesque comments upon or challenges the stereotypes of femininity that it employs?  What ways do you see the performers on the video challenging the status quo?

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