Self-Transformations: Foucault, Ethics, and Normalized Bodies (Studies in Feminist Philosophy)

By Cressida J. Heyes

Heyes' monograph in feminist philosophy is at the connection among the assumption of "normalization"--which consistent with Foucault is a style or strength of regulate that homogenizes a population--and the gendered physique. Drawing on Foucault and Wittgenstein, she argues that the major photo of the self--a photograph that presupposes an "inner" middle of the self that's expressed, competently or now not, through the outer body--obscures the relationship among modern discourses and practices of self-transformation and the forces of normalization. In different phrases, photos of the self can carry us captive after they are being learn from the outer self--the body--rather than the interior self, and we will be able to show our internal self by way of engaged on our outer physique to comply. Articulating this concept with a mixture of the theoretical and the sensible, she appears at case experiences related to transgender humans, weight loss healthy eating plan, and plastic surgery. Her concluding chapters examine the tricky factor of the way to tell apart non-normalizing practices of the self from normalizing ones, and makes feedback approximately how feminists could conceive of matters as embodied and enmeshed in energy kin but additionally able to self-transformation.

the topic of normalization and its courting to sex/gender is an important one in feminist conception; Heyes' publication is exclusive in her masterful use of Foucault; its readability, and its refined mixture of the theoretical and the anecdotal. it is going to entice feminist philosophers and theorists.

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Ar'n't I a Woman?: Female Slaves in the Plantation South

"This is a kind of infrequent books that speedy turned the normal paintings in its box. Professor White has performed justice to the complexity of her subject."―Anne Firor Scott, Duke University

dwelling with the twin burdens of racism and sexism, slave ladies within the plantation South assumed roles in the kin and neighborhood that contrasted sharply with conventional girl roles within the better American society. This re-creation of Ar'n't I a Woman? stories and updates the scholarship on slave girls and the slave family members, exploring new methods of realizing the intersection of race and gender and evaluating the myths that stereotyped woman slaves with the realities in their lives. in particular, this groundbreaking learn indicates us how black girls skilled freedom within the Reconstruction South ― their heroic fight to realize their rights, carry their households jointly, withstand fiscal and sexual oppression, and preserve their experience of womanhood opposed to all odds.

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Escape Plans

By Gwyneth Jones

To VENTUR the Subs have been a nuisance. The underworld's billions have been fed and housed: less than the strict yet loving care of the nice computing device platforms. actual, they'd to dwell in packed hives underground, to maintain the original fantastic thing about the one dwelling international within the recognized universe. yet their cultures have been revered, their welfare used to be guaranteed, and a minority even had significant paintings to do. there has been no reason for grievance. basically the Subs, the “numbers” of the previous Indian Sub-Continent, refused to be thankful and humble... ALIC was once an blameless vacationer, a retired video games conceiver, attracted to the previous domestic planet, and to the restive "Subcontinent" within the hopes of a bit outdated pleasure. Then she met Millie, who invited her to play a video game that will be like no different. And ALIC fell into the depths, into the churning, peopled void. Her entire life turned a frantic sequence of break out makes an attempt; whereas round her a proud, historic tradition surged towards violent rebel opposed to the omnipotent area Habitats.

Escape Plans (1986), used to be acclaimed and reviled at its first booklet, as an uncompromising imaginative and prescient of a global the place people dwell in overall fusion with the electronic equipment. It has in view that been recognized as an important and hugely unique feminist “Cyberpunk" paintings. For fanatics of challenging radical technology fiction, this new e-edition bargains a not easy learn, choked with dizzying hypothesis, that still packs an enormous emotional punch.

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The Face Behind the Veil: Extraordinary Lives Of Muslim Women In America

By Donna Gehrke-White

For years, clone of the Muslim girl in the USA has been clouded with secrecy, as mysterious because the face at the back of the veil. Is she garbed within the conventional hijab and chador? Is she subservient to a male-dominated tradition and faith, with few rights and little freedom? Does she grocery store, do her nails, visit university, have intercourse? who're those women?
In this remarkable and relocating ebook, journalist Donna Gehrke-White offers an extraordinary, revealing check out the hearts, minds, and daily lives of Muslim girls in America—a fast-rising population—and opens a window on a tradition as varied because it is misunderstood. right here, of their personal phrases, are the various diversified voices of medical professionals, football mothers, rebels, reformers, former political prisoners, survivors, activists—women of religion, braveness, desire, and change—all Muslims, all Americans.

There are girls like Sahar Shaikh, who grew up on lady Scouts and rock and roll in suburban Miami yet felt that anything used to be lacking from her lifestyles till she took up the veil and again to her religious roots; like Zainab Elberry, an Egyptian activist coverage government in Nashville who sees little need for the hijab and no clash among her feminism and her Muslim ideals. We meet Cathy Drake, a convert from

Virginia who may be the ideal Republican red-state mother, home-schooling her teenagers and riding a minivan, other than that Cathy wears the normal shawl and switched over to

Islam after 11th of September. There’s Salma Syed, who escaped the spiritual intolerance, terror, and violence of her Indian native land to discover peace and safety within the American suburbs. And there are pioneers like Sarah Eltantawi, who're attempting to develop women’s rights within the mosque, and W. L. Cati, a as soon as obedient housewife who left either her abusive husband and her religion on the way to aid different ladies break out related fates.

Candid, relocating, attention-grabbing, and eventually inspiring, The Face at the back of the Veil is a impressive chronicle of id and religion, a party of ladies who're altering the face of the USA and Islam, at the same time the USA affects who they're and what they suspect.

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Introducing Feminism: A Graphic Guide

By Cathia Jenainati

The time period "feminism" got here into English utilization round the Nineties, yet women's awake fight to withstand discrimination and sexist oppression is going again a lot extra. Introducing Feminism surveys the foremost advancements that experience affected women's lives from the 17th century to the current day.

"Readers who've forgotten the struggles of girls who got here generations—and centuries—before will have fun with this good-looking little consultant introducing the fundamentals of feminist conception. even though faraway from a tutorial examine, the cartoon-drawing structure and merry black-and-white illustrations will render the ebook well known between more youthful teams wanting a quick assessment of the stream. From Mary Wollstonecraft to Betty Friedan, the diminutive quantity deals a chronological background of feminism in its nascent roots in colonial instances, to the Nineteen Sixties Women's move and its glossy shape at the present time. so much outstanding, the e-book areas a wide emphasis at the struggles of African-American ladies, highlighting the lives and careers of such activists as Sojourner fact, Harriet Tubman, bell hooks and Audre Lorde. one other standout part covers Germaine Greer, a proponent of the concept 'heterosexuality is a kind of oppression, conditioning ladies to comply to their society's expectancies of femininity and inspiring them to think that their worth depends upon their attract men.'"—Kirkus Reviews

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The Boundaries of Her Body: A Shocking History of Women's Rights in America

By Debran Rowland

No matter what your political opinions, while you are a girl, you want to comprehend what the legislation says approximately you.

The barriers of Her physique is the definitive heritage of the cycle of advances and setbacks that characterizes women's rights in the US. writer Debran Rowland covers emotionally charged matters with considerate element, delivering perception into the recommendations utilized by politicians and lobbyists to defeat long-standing law.

The defeat for women's rights is an emotional and infrequently polarized debate: A debate over what a girl is
What a girl should be
And what a girl should still, as a result, be allowed to do

Today, the way forward for women's rights is in jeopardy.

""If I needed to wager on the destiny for ladies, i'd say we stand to lose many extra major battles--and the rights that flatter them--if we don't start to abandon the niceties of a comfy existence with trained evaluations and begin waging the type of competitive, no-holds-barred guerrilla warfare that our competitors were using to victory.""
--from the Epilogue to the bounds of Her Body

Rowland combines provocative arguments with exhaustive learn and affirms that, even with developments, the limits of women's our bodies will stay a resource of sour competition within the legislations.

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We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to CoverGirl®, the Buying and Selling of a Political Movement

By Andi Zeisler

Feminism has hit the large time. as soon as a filthy note brushed away with a grimace, “feminist” has been rebranded as a glittery label sported by means of motion picture and dad stars, style designers, and multi-hyphenate powerhouses like Beyoncé. It drives advertising campaigns for every little thing from instant plans to lingerie to fragrance, featuring what’s lengthy been a flow for social justice as simply one other shopper selection in an unlimited marketplace. person self-actualization is the target, buying mostly the capability, and celebrities the mouthpieces.

But what does it suggest while social switch turns into a model identification? Feminism’s splashy arrival on the heart of today’s media and pop-culture market, in the end, hasn’t provided options to the movement’s unfinished enterprise. deliberate Parenthood is less than sustained assault, girls are nonetheless paid seventy seven percent—or less—of the man’s greenback, and cruel assaults on ladies, either on- and offline, are totally routine.

Andi Zeisler, a founding editor of complain Media, attracts on greater than 20 years’ adventure reading pop culture during this biting heritage of the way feminism has been co-opted, watered down, and became a gyratory media pattern. Surveying video clips, tv, advertisements, style, and extra, Zeisler unearths a media panorama brimming with the language of empowerment, yet providing little within the method of transformational switch. Witty, fearless, and unflinching, We have been Feminists Once is the tale of the way we enable this occur, and the way we will magnify feminism’s actual function and power.

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Shaken & Stirred: The Feminism of James Bond

By Robert A. Caplen

The Bond lady is without doubt one of the such a lot well-known and celebrated cultural icons of the final fifty years. First brought in Ian Fleming's novels and brief tales, manufacturers Albert "Cubby" Broccoli and Harry Saltzman breathed lifestyles into her cinematic manifestation starting with Dr. No in 1962. because then, the realm has been enthusiastic about the Bond Girl.

Although she has been lauded via a few as a liberated lady and real feminist archetype, the Bond lady has almost escaped serious research . . . previously. Shaken & Stirred: The Feminism of James Bond is the 1st large-scale educational paintings during which feminism intersects the area of James Bond. It analyzes the cinematic Bond woman and argues that the nature at the start served as a special archetype: one who strengthened a standard, female perfect that served as a robust reactionary image opposed to the gender equality flow that received prominence within the usa throughout the Nineteen Sixties and 1970s.

Shaken & Stirred: The Feminism of James Bond presents a glimpse into "second wave" feminism, the Women's Liberation circulation, and cultural representations of ladies in the course of the latter half the yankee 20th century via a Bondian lens. It strains the evolutionary trip of the cinematic Bond lady and assesses her cultural impression, revealing who she is and what she represents throughout the first 11 motion pictures within the James Bond franchise, a seventeen-year interval defined because the Golden period of the Bond lady, and beyond.              

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