Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Instagram and Women's Bodies on Display
by Carney, Kirsten, M.S., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2016, 75; 10127339
Abstract (Summary)

Instagram and Women’s Bodies on Display sought to understand, using a content analysis, how women choose to portray their bodies on Instagram by examining the photos from two hashtags that focus on bodies: #thinspogram and #fitspiration. The study examined social comparison theory and self-presentation as why women choose to post pictures of their bodies on social media platforms such as Instagram. The study found that women posting photos in either hashtag tend to post sexualized photos of their bodies along with almost always appearing alone in the photos rather than with a group. The study also found that a flat stomach is becoming a body part on women that is becoming more sexualized.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ibroscheva, Elza
Commitee: Mishra, Suman, Poepsel, Mark
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Mass Communication
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 55/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Womens studies, Communication, Web Studies
Keywords: Body image, Instagram, Post-feminism, Social media
Publication Number: 10127339
ISBN: 978-1-339-85376-5
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