Breauna Spencer is a Lecturer at Loyola Marymount University's department of Sociology. Breauna Spencer's research examines the lack of black and Latino men in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics doctoral programs.
University of California - Irvine: B.Sc., Sociology
Areas of Expertise (5)
Minorities in Mathematics
Minorities in Science
Minority Men in Academia
Industry Expertise (1)
Yoga as a technology of femininity: Disciplining white women, disappearing people of color in Yoga JournalJournal of Fat Studies
Yoga has seen an explosion of popularity in the United States. Though the practice can be traced to the Indus Valley civilization, its mass media representation is dominated by young, thin, white women. Little is known about how the practice came to be portrayed in this manner. However, scholars suggest that when media outlets target (white) women, they often encourage them to adopt “technologies of femininity” that may include instructions on how to tame, diminish, or banish fat. In this article, we examined if and how yoga has been presented in this fashion in the mainstream media.