CFP: Lesbians and Body Image (4/10/07; journal issue)

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Journal of Lesbian Studies has reopened its call for submissions for
the upcoming "Lesbians and Body Image" issue with a probable pub
date of 2007-8. Deb Burgard, Ph.D., Guest Editor, is welcoming
one-page abstracts of articles addressing different aspects of the
theme. Articles may raise more questions than they answer, and may
range from research to theory, academic to personal, for example:

* Does loving a woman change your own body image?

* Are athletic lesbians more or less accepting of their bodies than
non-athletic lesbians?

* How does growing up identifying more with boys affect body image?

* What differentiates body image situations where it is seen as
desirable to change your attitude (i.e., "accept your body") vs.
where it is seen as desirable to change your body (i.e., transsexual
surgery)? What determines whether someone identifies as a butch
lesbian or a FTM transsexual?

* How do the differences in attitudes toward weight in different
communities (ethnic, class) intersect with differences in attitudes
toward lesbianism?

* Would prevailing standards for women's beauty change if lesbians
were in charge of the fashion and entertainment industries? How do
gay men influence standards of beauty for women, and what is the
lesbian response to this?

* What are the dynamics of weight issues in lesbian
relationships? Do lesbians have less of a tendency to blame their
bodies for interpersonal rejection than straight women or gay men?

* Are body image issues involved in "lesbian bed death"?

* Are the differences among older and younger lesbians in body image
concerns more the result of age-specific concerns or more the result
of changes in historical periods?

* Does having a minority sexuality make it more likely that you will
experience your body as betraying you? Or does it make it more
visible that other people's treatment of you is cultural?

* Do lesbians weigh more or do straight women weigh less?

* Why are so many leaders in the size acceptance movement
lesbians? Are thin lesbians more or less likely to be allies in the
size acceptance movement?

* Does the coming out process help in validating your body and
improving body image?

* Does being a member of an already stigmatized group make it easier
or harder to have a body that doesn't look like the culture says it should?

* Comparing lesbian and gay male culture: Is lesbian culture "more
forgiving" re appearance? What are the gender, sexuality, and
cultural issues such that gay male culture appears to be less
forgiving than even mainstream culture?


Please submit a one-page abstract (by email, please) by the deadline
of April 10, 2007 to Deb Burgard at:

If your abstract is selected you will receive further details on the
requirements for the articles. The Journal of Lesbian Studies is
published quarterly by Haworth Press, which usually publishes the
issue as a book as well, for an interdisciplinary academic
audience. Alas, NO FINANCIAL PAYMENT IS AVAILABLE for authors whose
articles are published. Articles should be 10-15 pages,
double-spaced, submitted as Word document attachments by email to Deb
Burgard at the address above, after your abstract has been
accepted. All authors will need to sign a form transferring
copyright to Haworth Press. Please do not send already published
material unless you hold copyright or can obtain the rights to
publish the material free of charge.

Thanks to all! Please feel free to re-post this call for articles
wherever you think there are potential authors for this issue.

Deb Burgard, Ph.D.

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