“He’s a total TubeCrush”: Postfeminist Sensibility as Intimate Publics

Adrienne Evans, Sarah Riley

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In this paper, we analyse the website TubeCrush, where people post and share unsolicited photographs of “guy candy” on the London Underground. We use TubeCrush as a case study to develop Berlant’s intimate publics as lens for examining postfeminist sensibility and masculinity in the liminal space between home/work. The paper responds to notions of reverse sexism and post-sexism used to make sense of women’s apparent objectification of men in digital space, by asking instead where the value of such images lies. We suggest that in TubeCrush, value is directed onto the bodies of particular men, creating a visual economy of postfeminist masculinity of whiteness, physical strength and economic wealth. This celebration of masculine capital is done through humour and the knowing wink, but the outcome is a reaffirmation of urban hegemonic masculinity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)996-1011
Number of pages16
JournalFeminist Media Studies
Issue number6
Early online date23 Aug 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2018

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Feminist Media Studies on 23/08/2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14680777.2017.1367701

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  • postfeminist sensibility
  • masculinity
  • intimate publics
  • gender normativity
  • TubeCrush

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