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  1. SOSC 200Y Gender and Society Lecture 8: Femininity and Body

  2. Standard of Appearance Age Height Body shape Length and style of hair Character (personality) Skin quality ….. Femininity L8: 04.10.06

  3. 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 L8: 04.10.06

  4. 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 L8: 04.10.06

  5. Normalizing the female body • Corseting L8: 04.10.06

  6. Normalizing the female body • Foot-binding (Golden Lotus) L8: 04.10.06

  7. Foot-binding L8: 04.10.06

  8. 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? L8: 04.10.06

  9. Suggested Readings: Bordo, S. (2003) Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body. Berkeley: University of California Press. Ch. 5 L8: 04.10.06