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The code and the message of naked charity calendars

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Turton-Turner, P (2008) The code and the message of naked charity calendars. PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

This study investigates popular nude fund-raising calendars (naked charitj')
which are renowned for presenting non-idealised bodies of women that do not
conform to the Classical standard. This tactic results in inordinate public
curiosity, and, in some instances, astonishing fund-raising success. Though naked
charity is apparently transgressive in its celebration of non-idealised bodies, I
argue that it ultimately operates as a law-enforcement mechanism. That is, naked
charity reinstalls strict discursive codes governing both what is acceptable, and
what is not, in terms of the female nude in normative contexts.
It is my contention that the code and message (the logic) intrinsic to successful
naked charity is controlled by three deterministic conventions. These
conventions ultimately ridicule and debase the bodies of women in the name of
good causes. While, on the one hand, naked charity is presented as innocent fun,
at the same time, perhaps unwittingly, it remains within paternalistic boundaries
connoting powerlessness in association with the bodies of women.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: Art calendars
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Copyright 2008 the author

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Available for library use only and copying in accordance with the Copyright Act 1968, as amended. Thesis (PhD)--University of Tasmania, 2008. Includes bibliographical references

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Last Modified: 23 Oct 2016 22:36
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