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University of Toronto St. George
East Asian Studies
Dylan Clark

Lecture 2 9/28/2012 12:04:00 PM The body as text Justification why women are inferior If men could menstruate If men could ovulate (apply to Martin reading) Active sperm If men had vaginas/ penetration Vaginas would powerfully wrap around the penis Ways w/ which people produce political text & understand the world Idea of male body & masculinity as active Powerful metaphors Idea of female body as passive Being seeded Key tropes “the body”/ “male”/”female” sexual intercourse Kinship Key ways to understand world as basic ways to produce (political) knowledge Eg. Respect military as your father Indonesia Metaphors “knowledge” of one thing via another basic metaphors to comprehend the world all humans possess a gendered body to experience world Natural male superiority is elemental explanation of hierarchy Metaphorical explanation Aristocrats, slaves, skin color, etc. All bodies are different, how to read those differences? How to read own body? Science (“nature”)-Martin, Roughgarden Ovulation, menstruation, fertilization, testicles, estrogen, testosterone, adrenaline, pituitary gland, ovaries, etc. Objective Taught how to read bodies  experience “truth” Body as instrument for proof production & experiencing gendered truth gender diversity vs. focal meaning / essence differences focal meanings to get to essence imagines the essence of masculinity/ femininity/ sexuality that reduces human complexity political practice Homologies truths that prove other truths gendered truths reflect one another experience truths & act out truths heterosexualityperform heterosexual acts machine of truth production Sherry Ortner Discourses of nature subordination of women Natural associations Men associate it w/ culture (tools, religious texts) Cultural as
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