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Burlesque performance contains liberatory potential for the performer, by allowing them to engage with their body, sensuality, and identity. However, it is also a form that requires acquiescence to the male gaze. How can a form offer liberation while simultaneously engaging with objectification and sexualization? Through reflecting on her own work in burlesque, speaking to other burlesque dancers, examining the field through a historical and critical lens, and analyzing the process of building a solo show in burlesque forms, the author explores the extent to which liberation is viable through burlesque.
Bethel, Amelia, "Liberation Through Sexualization: The Dichotomous Nature of Burlesque Performance" (2021). Theatre Thesis - Written Thesis. 1.