Aarhus University Seal

Selfies, Image and the Re-making of the Body

Research output: Contribution to journal/Conference contribution in journal/Contribution to newspaperJournal articleResearchpeer-review


  • Katrin Tiidenberg
  • ,
  • Edgar Gomez-Cruz
This article explores the relationality between women’s bodies and selfies on NSFW (Not Safe For Work) tumblr blogs. We consider the way selfie practices engage with normative, ageist and sexist assumptions of the wider culture in order to understand how specific ways of looking become possible. Women’s experiences of their bodies change through interactions, sense of community and taking and sharing selfies. This article provides an empirical elaboration on what sexy selfies are and do by analysing interviews, selfies and blog content of nine women in the NSFW self-shooters community on tumblr. For our participants, self-shooting is an engaged, self-affirmative and awareness raising pursuit, where their body, through critically self-aware self-care, emerges as agentic, sexual and distinctly female. Thus, this is a reading of selfies as a practice of freedom.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBody and Society
Pages (from-to)77
Number of pages102
Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Research areas

  • selfies, selfie culture, visual culture, body, body image, Tumblr, gender

See relations at Aarhus University Citationformats

ID: 104280251