strike a pose, Wonder Woman!

Banu Kutlu

Studenteropgave: Speciale


Abstract This thesis regards women in male dominated work environments and high power poses. Given that women, solely based on their gender have more struggles then men in the labor market, this thesis seeks to empower women trough power posing. My problem formulation is twofold and the first focus is on how women perform in mainly male dominated work environments, if there are shared experiences and whether the Wonder Woman pose can empower a group of women. The thesis is inspired by and based on the work of Amy Cuddy regarding power posing. Cuddys’ results are based on science through increased levels of testosterone and decreased levels of cortisol, self rapports from the participants where their answer are measured by frequencies and last through the perspective of the observer. I wish to make to investigate the concept of power posing though a subjective experience perspective. I approached the issue, by conducting a thorough investigation by questioning five women on their experiences with male domination. I then presented the women with the concept of power posing, and asked them to conduct the Wonder Woman pose for ten days while keeping a journal of their experiences. The journal would afterwards become my empirical study. In theoretical terms, I analyzed the empiricism using gender, roleplaying, empowerment and social inequality theories. The thesis concludes that the group of women are affected by masculine dominance and that they perform their gender according to the domination. According to the theory behind empowerment, empowerment involves knowledge of your life situation in order to change it. The women gained bodily awareness through the pose, and thereby changed their behaviors. The thesis concludes that feelings of empowerment occurred through increased feelings of bodily knowledge.

UddannelserPerformance-design, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato28 jan. 2016
VejledereDorte Jelstrup


  • iscenesættelse, magt, power poses, køn