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 Vanessa Cecil

Vanessa Cecil

PhD student

 Washington Singer 301

 

Washington Singer Laboratories, University of Exeter, Perry Road, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter, EX4 4QG, UK

Overview

I am conducting PhD research under the supervision of Drs. Louise Pendry, Tim Kurz (Bath) and Jessica Salvatore (in the US) researching the effects of online support group membership on the health and wellbeing of women who find they are subject to conflicting societal messages about the changes in their appearance as they age.

When ageism, sexism and lookism intersect women face a triple jeopardy. They find themselves expected to both age gracefully (never be 'Mutton dressed as lamb') and simultaneously to remain forever young (do not 'Let yourself go'). I am interested in how they negotiate these pressures, the prevailing stereotypes, and stigmas and whether online support helps or hinders the process.

Broad research specialisms:

  • Gendered Ageism,
  • Stereotyping,
  • Appearance,
  • Online communities,
  • Social identity,
  • Intersectionality,
  • Aesthetic labour.

Qualifications

MSc Psychological Research Methods (Distinction) (Exeter)
BA Social Science and Art (Distinction) (Exeter)

Research

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Publications

Cecil, V., Pendry, L. F., Salvatore, J., Mycroft, H., & Kurz, T. (2021). Gendered ageism and gray hair: must older women choose between feeling authentic and looking competent? Journal of Women & Aging, 1-16. DOI: 10.1080/08952841.2021.1899744 

Cecil, V.,  Pendry, L., Kurz, T., & Salvatore, J. (2018). Women’s grey hair as an abomination of the body: Conceal and pass, or reveal and subvert. In Barak-Brandes, S. & Kama, A. (Eds.) Feminist Interrogations of Women's Head Hair: Crown of Glory and Shame. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

 

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Journal articles

Cecil V, Pendry LF, Salvatore J, Mycroft H, Kurz T (2021). Gendered ageism and gray hair: must older women choose between feeling authentic and looking competent?. Journal of Women & Aging, 1-16.

Publications by year


2021

Cecil V, Pendry LF, Salvatore J, Mycroft H, Kurz T (2021). Gendered ageism and gray hair: must older women choose between feeling authentic and looking competent?. Journal of Women & Aging, 1-16.

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