Narrating Rural Lesbian Lives: Body Image and Lesbian Community in Central Pennsylvania
Student author: Jennifer Chmielewski
Journal of Lesbian Studies
Research on women's body image has focused on the sexual objectification that women experience in society. The present study explored how rural lesbian women experience their bodies and how lesbian communities, as safe havens from the dominant heterosexual culture, contribute to their body image. Ten lesbians living in central Pennsylvania were interviewed for this study. Interviews were analyzed using interpretative phenomenological analysis, which aims to explore individuals' experiences and examine how they make sense of their world. The resulting themes focus on participants' descriptions of their feelings about their bodies, the role that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities played in their sense of body image, and the difficulties of finding these communities in the central Pennsylvania area.
Yost, Megan R., and Jennifer F. Chmielewski. "Narrating Rural Lesbian Lives: Body Image and Lesbian Community in Central Pennsylvania." Journal of Lesbian Studies 15, no. 2 (2011): 148-165.