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My Autoethnographic Process of Exploring Lolita Fashion

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In this blogpost I will be reflecting on my narrated experience of Lolita fashion which I talked about in my previous blogpost.

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Autoethnography “acknowledges and accommodates subjectivity, emotionality, and the researcher’s influence on research, rather than hiding from these matters or assuming they don’t exist” (Ellis, Adams & Bochner 2011).

Thus I will be dissecting my epiphanies and presenting my understanding of Lolita fashion through my own cultural framework. Like Pitard (2017), I will be using  “autoethnography as a method of journeying to the centre of myself” to unpack my own reservations when trying to understand Lolita fashion as a sub-culture.

Pitard (2017) outlined four key questions to ask oneself as a researcher to explain their positionality, or to answer the question “Who am I in relation to the research?”.

The questions are as follows:

  1. “What do I believe underpins my knowledge of life?
  2. Where did I gain this belief?

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Exploring Lolita Fashion

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The following blogpost will be documenting my experience in exploring the Lolita Japanese fashion trend.

In order to start my journey with the Lolita style, I decided to watch a few YouTube videos about it and to follow a bunch of Lolita clothing stores and Lolita fashion models on Instagram. (I put the links to the videos I watched at the end of this blogpost).

What I quickly learnt about Lolita fashion is that it actually has nothing to do with the word Lolita.

For me and for most people, the word Lolita conjures up connotations with the novel ‘Lolita’ by Vladimir Nabokov and the film adaptation of the book. When you google the definition of Lolita, you get ‘a sexually precocious young girl’. Thus a common misconception about Lolita fashion is that the style is sexual or that it fetishizes young girls.

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But this definition of Lolita couldn’t be…

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Appreciating Akira

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Before delving into Akira, I will start off this blog post with a brief overview of autoethnography. Autoethnography is a qualitative research method that involves actively reflecting on our own personal experiences when studying culture (Ellis, Adams & Bochner 2011). “Autoethnographers recognize the innumerable ways personal experience influences the research process” (Ellis, Adams & Bochner 2011). Thus by acknowledging our own biases and subjectivities when studying culture, we can present our findings on culture in a more objective way.

This week we watched ‘Akira’, an anime made in 1988 (IMDb, 2019). Anime is an animation style associated with Japan. Akira was not my first encounter with anime. Although I had watched anime such as Death Note, Attack on Titan and most notably Pokemon in high school, the experience of watching Akira was unlike any animation or anime I have seen.

Needless to say, I was not prepared for the…

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Impression on ‘The Host’

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If you’re looking to follow the journey of a below-average dad who must save his daughter from a four-legged fish monster, then boy do I have the film for you.

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‘The Host’ is a South Korean film directed by Bong Joon-ho. A film, that I would like to express my genuine admiration and simultaneous disgust for. While I was disgusted by the slimy and sinister fish monster, I couldn’t help but feel charmed by the way the film never took itself too seriously in its ridiculous plotline, often injecting humour through the stock characters. I was even more delighted by the way the film clearly communicated political messages.

This was my first experience with live-tweeting and watching a film at the same time. Unfortunately I didn’t manage to churn out more than a few tweets as my phone died within the first half hour. Without further ado, here are my…

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