On Female Body Experience:

On Female Body Experience: "Throwing Like a Girl" and Other Essays / Edition 1

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by Iris Marion Young
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195161939

ISBN-13: 9780195161939

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 philosophers—including Simone de Beauvoir, Martin Heidegger, Luce Irigaray, Julia Kristeva, and Maurice

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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 philosophers—including Simone de Beauvoir, Martin Heidegger, Luce Irigaray, Julia Kristeva, and Maurice Merleau-Ponty—Young 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 theory—such 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195161939
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
09/24/2004
Series:
Studies in Feminist Philosophy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
643,601
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1Lived body vs. gender : reflections on social structure and subjectivity12
2Throwing like a girl : a phenomenology of feminine body comportment, motility, and spatiality27
3Pregnant embodiment : subjectivity and alienation46
4Women recovering our clothes62
5Breasted experience : the look and the feeling75
6Menstrual meditations97
7House and home : feminist variations on a theme123
8A room of one's own : old age, extended care, and privacy155

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