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Foucault, Femininity and the Modernization of Patriarchal Power

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Kelsy Natividad

on 26 March 2013

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Transcript of Foucault, Femininity and the Modernization of Patriarchal Power

Foucault, Femininity and the Modernization of Patriarchal Power SANDRA BARTKY Foucault's "Docile Bodies" Bartky The Feminine Body Body as Ornamented Surface Gestures, Postures,
Movements Body Configuration Nothing New Here... The docile body is subjected, used, transformed and improved as a target of power.

Over time a set of disciplinary practices has emerged through constant coercion that works to control the body and the spaces in which it operates. "We are born male or female, but not masculine or feminine."

"Femininity is an artifice, an achievement, 'a mode of enacting and reenacting received gender norms…'” Disciplinary practices that produce a body which in gesture and appearance is recognizably feminine those that aim to produce a body of a certain size and general configuration
those that bring forth from this body a specific repertoire of gestures, postures and movements
those that are directed toward the display of this body as an ornamented surface “There are significant differences in gesture, posture, movement and general body comportment: women are more restricted than men in their manner of movement and their lived spatiality.” “Feminine faces as well as bodies are trained to the expression of deference. Under male scrutiny, women will avert their eyes or cast them downward; the female gaze is trained to abandon its claim to the sovereign status of seer.” “The body by which a woman feels herself judged and which by rigorous discipline she must try to assume is the body of early adolescence…a body lacking flesh or substance…in whose very contours the image of immaturity has been inscribed.The requirement that a woman maintain a smooth and hairless skin carries further the theme of inexperience, for an infantilized face must accompany her infantilized body, a face that never ages or furrows its brow in thought.” Infantilization
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