Racial Identity and Body Image
Biopower: Power over the body through micropolicies
Power is everywhere and nowhere and inside your bodies
The Breasted Experience
Breastfeeding ▯sexual pleasure
Orgasm from breastfeeding
Is this wrong? How do we define sexual pleasure?
This pushes our buttons Visceral reaction. Violates
deeply held values that we have
Question that we must ask: How do we think about the word “sexual”?
This determines how we frame the pleasure. We aren’t bothered by a
pleasurable connection with the child, we’re bothered by the
categorization of this connection as “sexual”—is it just semantics? Is our
definition of sexuality too limited? The same organs are involved (in sex
and in breastfeeding), the same hormones… So is the only difference
whether or not you admit and embrace it, or acknowledge it? Can you
entertain that it could be another way? Draw your own lines!
Embodiment Theory of the Body (Kathy Davis)
How do we experience the constructed body?
Lack of attention to materiality of body in recent scholarly work
Antibody bias: the idea of humans simply as disembodied spirits
Modernist idea: Body as “bedrock”: Biological determinism
Postmodernist: Constructed body
Davis says: Look at:
Feminism stresses embodiment when we talk about bodies, ask this: WHICH BODIES?
Importance of Difference in Understanding Women and the Body (Patricia Hill
“The outsiderwithin”—creates a black women’s epistemology