In recent years visual representations of the female body on social media have multiplied also by healthcare professionals, that use social media within self-entrepreurial projects. The entanglement of these instances constitutes an original research field that was investigated through a composite framework of analysis with the aim of studying the relationship between popularization and taboo operated in a corpus of accounts and posts related to the obstetric profession on Instagram, concerning the liminal issues of childbirth and the menstrual cycle. A qualitative multi-methodology was employed that included interviews, visual and discourse analysis. The article presents the preliminary results of the research, showing that Instagram appears to be aimed at normalizing discourses related to childbirth and the menstrual cycle, underlining the importance of bringing these issues to visibility and building paths of knowledge and awareness for women. For doing this, they alternate the registers of scientific dissemination and empathy. As regards childbirth, their goal is to move away from hospital medicalization and restore agency to women within the birth scene. About menstruation, they present new management strategies, starting with the de-normalization of pain. In both cases the desire is to help women to have “happy” experiences. The objective, while present, of promoting the midwives’ profession, is accompanied by the urgent need to educate and promote among women self-knowledge of their body. Research results seem to lead beyond the use of social media in a neo-liberal way exclusively centered on the self-fulfillment. Moreover, the centering on the self, typical of post-feminism and neoliberal feminism, seems to have been overcome, at least partially, as the contents refer to a relational and communitarian dimension. Given the breadth of the issues raised, more studies are needed to better understand the logics of visibility and the visual representations of the female body, but also the use of social media as tools for self-entrepreneurship.

Locatelli, E., Raccontare i tabù: Instagram come una risorsa di nuovi immaginari e visibilità per il corpo femminile, <<MEDIASCAPES JOURNAL>>, 2021; (18): 29-42 [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/207806]

Raccontare i tabù: Instagram come una risorsa di nuovi immaginari e visibilità per il corpo femminile

Locatelli, Elisabetta
2021

Abstract

In recent years visual representations of the female body on social media have multiplied also by healthcare professionals, that use social media within self-entrepreurial projects. The entanglement of these instances constitutes an original research field that was investigated through a composite framework of analysis with the aim of studying the relationship between popularization and taboo operated in a corpus of accounts and posts related to the obstetric profession on Instagram, concerning the liminal issues of childbirth and the menstrual cycle. A qualitative multi-methodology was employed that included interviews, visual and discourse analysis. The article presents the preliminary results of the research, showing that Instagram appears to be aimed at normalizing discourses related to childbirth and the menstrual cycle, underlining the importance of bringing these issues to visibility and building paths of knowledge and awareness for women. For doing this, they alternate the registers of scientific dissemination and empathy. As regards childbirth, their goal is to move away from hospital medicalization and restore agency to women within the birth scene. About menstruation, they present new management strategies, starting with the de-normalization of pain. In both cases the desire is to help women to have “happy” experiences. The objective, while present, of promoting the midwives’ profession, is accompanied by the urgent need to educate and promote among women self-knowledge of their body. Research results seem to lead beyond the use of social media in a neo-liberal way exclusively centered on the self-fulfillment. Moreover, the centering on the self, typical of post-feminism and neoliberal feminism, seems to have been overcome, at least partially, as the contents refer to a relational and communitarian dimension. Given the breadth of the issues raised, more studies are needed to better understand the logics of visibility and the visual representations of the female body, but also the use of social media as tools for self-entrepreneurship.
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Locatelli, E., Raccontare i tabù: Instagram come una risorsa di nuovi immaginari e visibilità per il corpo femminile, <<MEDIASCAPES JOURNAL>>, 2021; (18): 29-42 [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/207806]
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