“Not a good look”: Impossible Dilemmas for Young Women Negotiating the Culture of Intoxication in the United Kingdom

Linda Bailey

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Abstract

This paper investigates young women’s alcohol consumption
in the United Kingdom within a widespread
culture of intoxication in relation to recent debates
about postfeminism and contemporary femininity.
Young women are faced with an “impossible
dilemma,” arising from the contradiction between a
hedonistic discourse of alcohol consumption and postfeminist
discourse around attaining and maintaining
the “right” form of hypersexual heterosexual femininity.
Drawing on a recent interview study with 24 young
white working-class and middle-class women in the
South-West of England, we explore how young women
inhabit the dilemmas of contemporary femininity in
youth drinking cultures, striving to achieve the “right”
form of hypersexual femininity and an “optimum” level of drunkenness.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberISSN: 1082-6084 print / 1532-2491 online
Pages (from-to)747-758
Number of pages12
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Volume50
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Negotiating
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Alcoholic Intoxication
Heterosexuality
alcohol consumption
Alcohol Drinking
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Alcohols
Interviews
United Kingdom
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