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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.
|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|