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Sequins, Sass and Sisterhood: An Exploration of Older Women's Belly Dancing
Journal of Women & Aging (2014)
  • Angela M. Moe, Western Michigan University
Abstract
Disempowering stereotypes plague public perceptions of older women’s bodies, particularly within Western contemporary societies. Consequently, as women age their bodies often become sources of shame, discomfort and ridicule. Belly dance, as a form of recreative leisure, provides a unique and somewhat unexpected space for women to subvert such perceptions. Based on qualitative interviews with older American women who belly dance, this paper examines the ways in which this form of recreation provides participants a means of (re)gaining mobility, (re)claiming social space, (re)building social support, and (re)defining what it means to be sensual later in life.
Keywords
  • gender,
  • performance,
  • aging,
  • body,
  • art. health
Publication Date
2014
Citation Information
Angela M. Moe. "Sequins, Sass and Sisterhood: An Exploration of Older Women's Belly Dancing" Journal of Women & Aging Vol. 26 Iss. 1 (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/angela_moe/20/