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Tattoos: An Embodiment of Desire

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This chapter focuses on women’s processes of getting tattooed and their relationship with their tattooed bodies. Interviews showed that the process of tattooing changed the women’s perspectives on their bodies. It gave them a feeling of agency and a sense of control. The women found tattoos desirable, but there seemed to be no relation between women’s feelings about tattoos and their choice of partner. The feeling of desirability was, therefore, less a sexual preference, than a feeling connected with the positive experience of embodiment which the act of tattooing had provided for the women. According to my analysis, in the context of getting tattooed, it was a question of desire being powerfully productive.

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Nyman, N. (2017). Tattoos: An Embodiment of Desire. In: Rees, E. (eds) Talking Bodies. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-63778-5_5

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