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Possibilities for a Nondominated Female Subjectivity

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  25 March 2020

Abstract

This essay examines one of the contributions that Sandra Bartky makes to feminist theory. Bartky critiques Foucault for his gender blind treatment of the disciplines and social practices that create “docile bodies.” She introduces several gender specific disciplines and practices that illustrate that the production of bodies is itself gender coded. This essay argues that social practices are not monolithic, but are composed of various strands that may be in tension with one another.

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Copyright © 1993 by Hypatia, Inc.

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Bartky, Sandra Lee. 1990. Femininity and domination: Studies in the phenomenology of oppression. New York: Routledge.Google Scholar
Butler, Judith. 1990a. Gender trouble, feminist theory and psychoanalytic discourse. In Feminism/Postmodernism, ed. Nicholson, Linda. New York: Routledge.Google Scholar
Butler, Judith. 1990b. Gender trouble: Feminism and the subversion of identity. New York: Routledge.Google Scholar
Foucault, Michel. 1979. Discipline and punish: The birth of the prison, Trans. Sheridan, Alan. New York: Vintage Books.Google Scholar

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