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Deconstructing ‘real’ women: Young women’s readings of advertising images of ‘plus-size’ models in the UK (2016)
Journal Article
Beale, K., Malson, H., & Tischner, I. (2016). Deconstructing ‘real’ women: Young women’s readings of advertising images of ‘plus-size’ models in the UK. Feminism and Psychology, 26(3), 378-386. https://doi.org/10.1177/0959353516639616

Critical feminist researchers and others have amply elucidated the perniciousness of contemporary beauty ideals and, in particular, the near-ubiquitous idealisations of slenderness. In this context the advent of media images featuring ‘plus-size’ mod... Read More about Deconstructing ‘real’ women: Young women’s readings of advertising images of ‘plus-size’ models in the UK.

‘It’s worse for women and girls’: Negotiating embodied masculinities through weight-related talk (2014)
Book Chapter
Monoghan, L., & Malson, H. (2014). ‘It’s worse for women and girls’: Negotiating embodied masculinities through weight-related talk. In L. Monoghan, R. Colls, & B. Evans (Eds.), Obesity, Discourse and Fat PoliticsRoutledge

Numerous critical analyses have already established the profoundly gendered nature of normative body ‘ideals’ and weight-management practices in Western cultures. Such studies have, amongst other things, elucidated how body dissatisfaction, ‘dieting’... Read More about ‘It’s worse for women and girls’: Negotiating embodied masculinities through weight-related talk.

'It's worse for women and girls': Negotiating embodied masculinities through weight-related talk (2013)
Journal Article
Monaghan, L. F., Monoghan, L., & Malson, H. (2013). 'It's worse for women and girls': Negotiating embodied masculinities through weight-related talk. Critical Public Health, 23(3), 304-319. https://doi.org/10.1080/09581596.2012.754843

Numerous critical analyses have already established the profoundly gendered nature of normative body 'ideals' and weight-management practices in Western cultures. Such studies have, amongst other things, elucidated how body dissatisfaction, 'dieting'... Read More about 'It's worse for women and girls': Negotiating embodied masculinities through weight-related talk.

The experience of mothers caring for a child with a brain tumour (2013)
Journal Article
Malson, H., Beringer, A., Shortman, R. I., Shortman, R., Beringer, A., Penn, A., …Sharples, P. M. (2013). The experience of mothers caring for a child with a brain tumour. Child: Care, Health and Development, 39(5), 743-749. https://doi.org/10.1111/cch.12005

Background: Brain tumours are the second most common form of childhood cancer, accounting for over 20% of all cases in European children. Understanding the impact of diagnosis and treatment of a brain tumour on the family is an essential pre-requisit... Read More about The experience of mothers caring for a child with a brain tumour.

Visible lesbians and invisible bisexuals: Appearance and visual identities among bisexual women (2013)
Journal Article
Hayfield, N., Clarke, V., Halliwell, E., & Malson, H. (2013). Visible lesbians and invisible bisexuals: Appearance and visual identities among bisexual women. Women's Studies International Forum, 40, 172-182

A number of feminist scholars have argued that dress and appearance can be used to critique the dominant culture and explore alternative subjectivities. Research on non-heterosexual visual identities has explored the role that appearance and clothing... Read More about Visible lesbians and invisible bisexuals: Appearance and visual identities among bisexual women.

A critical exploration of lesbian perspectives on eating disorders (2013)
Journal Article
Jones, R., & Malson, H. (2013). A critical exploration of lesbian perspectives on eating disorders. Psychology and Sexuality, 4(1), 62-74. https://doi.org/10.1080/19419899.2011.603349

There is now a considerable body of research exploring how culturally dominant gendered norms are implicated in mobilising girls' and women's 'anorexic' and 'bulimic' experiences and practices. However, much less is known about lesbian experiences of... Read More about A critical exploration of lesbian perspectives on eating disorders.

Feeding a fear of fatness? A preliminary investigation of how women with a history of eating disorders view ‘anti-obesity’ health promotion campaigns (2012)
Journal Article
Catling, L., & Malson, H. (2012). Feeding a fear of fatness? A preliminary investigation of how women with a history of eating disorders view ‘anti-obesity’ health promotion campaigns. Psychology of Women Section Review, 14(1),

In recent years concerns about an ‘epidemic of obesity’ and its associated implications for health have led to national and global health promotion campaigns seeking to encourage weight-loss through healthier eating and exercise. Whilst intended as h... Read More about Feeding a fear of fatness? A preliminary investigation of how women with a history of eating disorders view ‘anti-obesity’ health promotion campaigns.

Deconstructing Health and the Un/Healthy Fat Woman (2012)
Journal Article
Tischner, I., & Malson, H. (2012). Deconstructing Health and the Un/Healthy Fat Woman. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 22(1), 50-62. https://doi.org/10.1002/casp.1096

Dominant discourses represent body weight as a consequence of lifestyle, equating 'fatness' with 'disease' and 'thinness' with 'health'. Consequently, fat subjects become framed as lazy and not willing to follow a 'healthy' lifestyle. In neoliberal s... Read More about Deconstructing Health and the Un/Healthy Fat Woman.

Post-feminist advertising laid bare: Young women's talk about the sexually agentic woman of 'midriff' advertising (2011)
Journal Article
Rúdólfsdóttir, A., Malson, H., Halliwell, E., Tischner, I., & Rúdólfsdóttir, A. (2011). Post-feminist advertising laid bare: Young women's talk about the sexually agentic woman of 'midriff' advertising. Feminism and Psychology, 21(1), 74-99. https://doi.org/10.1177/0959353510370030

This paper presents a feminist Foucauldian analysis of women's interpretations of images of women in post-feminist advertising. Building on Ros Gill's analysis of post-feminist advertising images of women, and more specifically the figure of 'the mid... Read More about Post-feminist advertising laid bare: Young women's talk about the sexually agentic woman of 'midriff' advertising.

Un/imaginable future selves: A discourse analysis of in-patients' talk about recovery from an 'eating disorder' (2011)
Journal Article
Lin, B., Malson, H., Bailey, L., Clarke, S., Treasure, J., Anderson, G., & Kohn, M. (2011). Un/imaginable future selves: A discourse analysis of in-patients' talk about recovery from an 'eating disorder'. European Eating Disorders Review, 19(1), 25-36. https://doi.org/10.1002/erv.1011

Background: The limited efficacy of treatments for eating disorders has been well documented. Yet few studies have explored patients' views about recovery or how culturally dominant ideas might be implicated in recovery or failure to recover. Aims Th... Read More about Un/imaginable future selves: A discourse analysis of in-patients' talk about recovery from an 'eating disorder'.

Discursive constructions of eating disorders: A story completion task (2010)
Journal Article
Walsh, E., Walsh, E., & Malson, H. (2010). Discursive constructions of eating disorders: A story completion task. Feminism and Psychology, 20(4), 529-537. https://doi.org/10.1177/0959353509350759

Using a post-structualist, discourse analytic framework this study investigates constructions of 'anorexia' and 'bulimia' made by young people. A story completion methodology was employed to allow young people to express their understandings of eatin... Read More about Discursive constructions of eating disorders: A story completion task.

Qualitative methods from psychology (2010)
Book Chapter
Malson, H. (2010). Qualitative methods from psychology. In I. Bourgeault, R. Dingwall, & R. de Vries (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Methods in Health ResearchSage

Are contemporary media images which seem to display women as sexually empowered actually harmful to women? (2010)
Journal Article
Halliwell, E., Malson, H., & Tischner, I. (2010). Are contemporary media images which seem to display women as sexually empowered actually harmful to women?. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 35(1), 38-45. https://doi.org/10.1177/0361684310385217

There has been a shift in the depiction of women in advertising from objectifying representations of women as passive sex objects to agentic sexual representations where the women appear powerful and in control (Gill, 2007a, 2008), and there is subst... Read More about Are contemporary media images which seem to display women as sexually empowered actually harmful to women?.