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SOSC 200Y Gender and Society. Lecture 8: Femininity and Body. Standard of Appearance Age Height Body shape Length and style of hair Character (personality) Skin quality …. Femininity. Body - Control. The body as a site of social control (Michel Foucault) From mind to body

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SOSC 200Y Gender and Society

Lecture 8: Femininity and Body


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Standard of Appearance

Age

Height

Body shape

Length and style of hair

Character (personality)

Skin quality

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Femininity

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Body - Control

  • The body as a site of social control (Michel Foucault)

    • From mind to body

    • Normalizing the body

      • Regulate and Improve:

        regulated by the norms of cultural life, and

        improved by the new technology and products

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Normalization

  • Power:

    • A network of practices, institutions and technologies that sustain positions of the dominance and subordination.

    • A construction of conceptions of normalcy and deviance.

  • e.g. Settings and rules

    in the prison & schools

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Normalizing the female body

  • Corseting

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Normalizing the female body

  • Foot-binding (Golden Lotus)

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Normalizing the female body

  • Modern days

    Standards of beauty have changed?

    BUT, we still have:

    • Push-up Bra

    • High-heel shoes

      How is control carried out?

      Who is in control?

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  • Suggested Readings:

    Bordo, S. (2003) Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body. Berkeley: University of California Press. Ch. 5

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