On Female Body Experience: "Throwing Like a Girl" and Other Essays / Edition 1by Iris Marion Young
Pub. Date: 09/24/2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Written over a span of more than two decades, the essays by Iris Marion Young collected in this volume describe diverse aspects of women's lived body experience in modern Western societies. Drawing on the ideas of several twentieth century continental philosophersincluding Simone de Beauvoir, Martin Heidegger, Luce Irigaray, Julia Kristeva, and Maurice… See more details below
Written over a span of more than two decades, the essays by Iris Marion Young collected in this volume describe diverse aspects of women's lived body experience in modern Western societies. Drawing on the ideas of several twentieth century continental philosophersincluding Simone de Beauvoir, Martin Heidegger, Luce Irigaray, Julia Kristeva, and Maurice Merleau-PontyYoung constructs rigorous analytic categories for interpreting embodied subjectivity. The essays combine theoretical description of experience with normative evaluation of the unjust constraints on their freedom and opportunity that continue to burden many women.
The lead essay rethinks the purpose of the category of "gender" for feminist theory, after important debates have questioned its usefulness. Other essays include reflection on the meaning of being at home and the need for privacy in old age residences as well as essays that analyze aspects of the experience of women and girls that have received little attention even in feminist theorysuch as the sexuality of breasts, or menstruation as punctuation in a woman's life story. Young describes the phenomenology of moving in a pregnant body and the tactile pleasures of clothing.
While academically rigorous, the essays are also written with engaging style, incorporating vivid imagery and autobiographical narrative. On Female Body Experience raises issues and takes positions that speak to scholars and students in philosophy, sociology, geography, medicine, nursing, and education.
Table of Contents
|1||Lived body vs. gender : reflections on social structure and subjectivity||12|
|2||Throwing like a girl : a phenomenology of feminine body comportment, motility, and spatiality||27|
|3||Pregnant embodiment : subjectivity and alienation||46|
|4||Women recovering our clothes||62|
|5||Breasted experience : the look and the feeling||75|
|7||House and home : feminist variations on a theme||123|
|8||A room of one's own : old age, extended care, and privacy||155|
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