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Women, Embodiment and Personhood

Feminism has not resolved the issue of the female body; is it all constructed by sociocultural practices and ideology, or, is there a female body prior to this construction? Is it all just a "neuter" body, where femaleness is all what society has constructed, or, is there a female body which is a given, biologically? Insofar as feminism has tried to engage with sex and gender, by trying to move away from a biological essentialism, and in trying to focus on differences between women by caste, class and ethnicity, it deflected attention away from the female body itself. The feminist viewpoint thereby became unable to speak of the body as a subject.

REVIEW OF WOMEN S STUDIES

Women, Embodiment and Personhood

Maithreyi Krishnaraj

Feminism has not resolved the issue of the female body; is it all constructed by sociocultural practices and ideology, or, is there a female body prior to this construction? Is it all just a ”neuter” body, where femaleness is all what society has constructed, or, is there a female body which is a given, biologically? Insofar as feminism has tried to engage with sex and gender, by trying to move away from a biological essentialism, and in trying to focus on differences between women by caste, class and ethnicity, it deflected attention away from the female body itself. The feminist viewpoint thereby became unable to speak of the body as a subject.

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