OK, which one of these selections is not really taken from an academic publication?
A. “I argue that people’s bodily sensations of sweat – smell, touch and sight – can provide insights to the relations between subjectivity and space. I draw on feminist ideas of the body as a physiological, psychological and sociological assemblage out of which spatially situated knowledge, ethics, subjectivities and social relations are forged. Empirical evidence is drawn from self-reflexive accounts of 21 young women living in Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia.
“Their narratives convey how sweat and sweatiness are integral to negotiating everyday life. First, participants’ narratives illustrate the way the sweaty body-as-seen is bound up with gendered identities and self-disgust. Second, visceral experiences of the materialities of sweat and sweatiness often give rise to a heightened sense of bodily awareness, self and spatial marginalization in the course of everyday lives. Third, participants’ narratives highlight the tensions of spatial experience of sweat and sweatiness that simultaneously attract and repel bodies. Visceral experiences of sweat and sweatiness are central to better understanding of the spatiality of subjectivity.”
B. “Not only does reality TV shape what we think about the ‘way things are,’ but it also shapes how we think about and perform our own subjectivities, ‘who we are’ as gendered, sexed, raced, classed humans.
“The purpose of this dissertation was to take up that question by exploring the performative experiences of three women watching the 17th season of ABC’s The Bachelor. Using duoethnography, we explored how we challenged, (re)produced, assigned, and constructed gendered subjectivities both for ourselves and for each other through our performances within leisure spaces surrounding The Bachelor. In three layers of data-generative surveillance, we 1) videotaped ourselves watching the show; 2) publicly reflected about our experiences of watching the show in a blog (www.blogaboutthebachelor.com); and, 3) spent a weekend together watching the videotape of ourselves watching the show (a hyper-reflexive experience).”
C. “It is argued that childhood ‘obesity,’ in particular, has been constructed as a modern day scourge that threatens the future health of populations. The authors provide an examination of the embodied experiences of children enrolled in an ‘obesity’ treatment program in a Canadian hospital. Utilizing a feminist poststructural framework, they provide narratives illustrating how these children construct their meanings of health and how ‘obesity’ discourse restricts fat children’s opportunity to identify as healthy.”
So which one is the fake?
All right, all right.
It’s a trick question.
They’re all real:
A. Gordon Waitt, “Bodies that sweat: the affective responses of young women in Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia,” Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography 21, 6 (2014): 666-82.
B. Callie Cross Spencer, “‘Wow, That Bitch Is Crazy!’ Exploring Gendered Performances in Leisure Spaces Surrounding Reality Television” (Ph.D. diss., University of Utah, 2014). (Yes, her dissertation involved watching The Bachelor with her friend.)
C. Natalie Beausoleil and Olga Heath, “Confusing constructions: Exploring the meaning of health with children in “obesity” treatment,” Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society 6, 3 (2017): 255-67.
(Thanks to the great folks at the @RealPeerReview Twitter account!)
One of these days I’ll do a genuine quiz, with a correct answer. I always intend to, but then I find so much stupid crap, I can’t resist just sticking to real material and I never get around to creating a wrong answer.
Thankfully for mankind, there’s no need ever to interact with anything like this in order to get a real education.
For December we’ve taken 150 smackers off the master membership at Liberty Classroom, where you’ll learn the history and economics they kept from you. (And you’ll get the 400+ videos on history and government I created for the Ron Paul Curriculum.)
Makes a great gift (for yourself, too):