WGS160Y1 Lecture Notes - Herculine Barbin, Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth

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Published on 20 Apr 2013
School
UTSG
Department
Women and Gender Studies
Course
WGS160Y1
Professor
WGS200 Lecture 2 (Sept 20)
There are 2 stories about Adam and Eventually
1) Male comes first- female is created out of male
-story explains that men and women are different. History tells a very different story
iclicker question 1
Can one write a biography of the vagina?
a)yes
b)no
c)whose vagina???
Naomi Wolf
Naomi Wolf (b.1962)
The Beauty Myth (1991): “The more legal and material hindrances women have broken through,
the more strictly and heavily and cruelly images of female beauty have come to weigh upon us”
women reduced to their bodies
Vagina as Controversy
Places essence of female experience in body
VAGINA
“To understand the vagina properly is to realize that it is not coextensive with the female brain
but also is part of the female soul-- it is a gateway to, and medium of, female self-knowledge,”
Our wombs and uterus' control so much of who we are. We are prone to sickness
instead of a uterus, we are just a vagina. A vagina is a reflection of our female essence. Who w
are as women can be reduced to the fact that we have a vagina.
Vaginal Crisis
spinal compression
“brain-vagina connection”
The “vagina is a gateway to a woman's happiness and to her creative life.”
return to Freud's argument that real site of woman's sexuality= vagina [not clitoris]
“The Goddess Array”: “Straight men would do well to ask themselves: 'Do i want to be married
to a Goddess-- or a bitch?'”
woman= her vagina
-She goes back to Freud- we should be able to have vaginal orgasms instead of only clitoral orgasms.
The Essentialized Vagina
extremely negative reviews
“bad” science
heteronormativity
orientalizing the vagina
objectifying the body
reductive
is it all bad???
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There are 2 stories about adam and eventually: male comes first- female is created out of male. Story explains that men and women are different. History tells a very different story iclicker question 1. Naomi wolf: naomi wolf (b. 1962, women reduced to their bodies. The beauty myth (1991): the more legal and material hindrances women have broken through, the more strictly and heavily and cruelly images of female beauty have come to weigh upon us . We are prone to sickness instead of a uterus, we are just a vagina. A vagina is a reflection of our female essence. Who w are as women can be reduced to the fact that we have a vagina. Brain-vagina connection : the vagina is a gateway to a woman"s happiness and to her creative life. return to freud"s argument that real site of woman"s sexuality= vagina [not clitoris]

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