Enter your email address below and we will send you your username, If the address matches an existing account you will receive an email with instructions to retrieve your username, I have read and accept the Wiley Online Library Terms and Conditions of Use, https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1527-2001.1992.tb00915.x.  As Bordo points out, Foucault saw power not "as the possession of individuals or groups" but "as a dynamic or network of non-centralized forces", and such a depiction of power relations is therefore useful in a critique of gender formation/regulation. She is the Otis A. Singletary Chair in the Humanities at the University of Kentucky, where she is a professor of gender and women's studies. Audible Audiobook , While situated within feminist and gender studies frameworks, Bordo's theories also stem from a cultural studies approach where the power of cultural phenomena such as television, advertising and popular magazines are analyzed in terms of means of domination and of resistance. ", This page was last edited on 22 October 2020, at 01:18. and you may need to create a new Wiley Online Library account. Susan Bordo Abstract This article has no associated abstract. Hardcover This title and over 1 million more available with.  Situating Bordo within a feminist and materialist theoretical context, her work is often compared and contrasted with Judith Butler's writing, writing that deals with gender formation and the body. Help us improve our Author Pages by updating your bibliography and submitting a new or current image and biography.  Unbearable Weight also traces the connection between culture and female disorders and Bordo emphasizes the fact that disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia cannot simply be defined from medical and psychological standpoints but must be viewed from within a cultural context, as "complex crystallizations of culture". "The Body and the Reproduction of Femininity: A Feminist Appropriation of Foucault. The essays in this interdisciplinary collection share the conviction that modern western paradigms of knowledge and reality are gender-biased. Susan Bordo is Professor of Philosophy and holds the Otis A. Singletary Chair in the Humanities at the University of Kentucky. The destruction of Hillary Clinton: sexism, Sanders and the millennial feminists. In the words of Susan Squier, professor of literature at Penn State University, Bordo's writings "can be said to have catalyzed the birth of the new interdisciplinary field of work known as 'body studies'."  Foucault's theories of power and discipline along with theories on sexuality serve contemporary feminist aims in revealing how cultural normative practices, expressed through popular media, work to influence femininity (and gendered bodies in general) into homogeneity while at the same time seeming freely chosen.