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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

SOSC 200Y Gender and Society

Lecture 8: Femininity and Body

femininity
Standard of Appearance

Age

Height

Body shape

Length and style of hair

Character (personality)

Skin quality

…..

Femininity

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body control
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
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
Normalizing the female body
  • Corseting

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normalizing the female body6
Normalizing the female body
  • Foot-binding (Golden Lotus)

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Foot-binding

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normalizing the female body8
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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