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Changing Face of American Bodies
Transcript of Changing Face of American Bodies
ruling class culture as dominant ideology (cultural norm)
loss in autonomy of being viewed
the African American's self awareness of a divided self - unreconciled being American and black
gender as performance
gender, sex, and sexuality are social constructs
the male gaze
woman as visual object of assumed heterosexual male audience
body as social-constructed by media
differences (race, gender, class, etc.) as points of intersection in one's identity
using Jeremy Bentham's concept of the Panopticon to argue that discipline must come about without excessive force through careful, unequal observation
The Changing Face of American Bodies:
Teaching HIS 152 through the Lens of the Body
Kera Lovell - PhD student in American Studies
the way that bodily difference shapes and is shaped by power structures, or oppression and privilege
Types of Control
10 Major Themes of Body Politics in the Modern Era
Body as Aesthetic
Body as Performance
Bodies on the Move
Body as Transformative
Body at Work
Body as Consumer
Body as Symbol
US HIS 152 Chronology
Culture of Character
Rise of Mass Culture
Military Industrial Complex
Rise of the middle class
Civil Rights Movement
Crisis in Confidence
Rise of Right
Age of Fracture
War on Drugs
War on Terror
Lynching Souvenirs - grotesque spectacle of the tortured black body
Forced Sterilization of Women
Immigration and the Rights of Non-Citizens
"The Movement" and Countercultural Body Politics
The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit
Cherrie Moraga, Chicana Feminism as "Theory in the Flesh" (1981)
"A theory in the flesh means one where the physical realities of our lives-our skin color, the land or concrete we grew up on, our sexual longings-all fuse to create a politic born out of necessity. Here, we attempt to bridge the contradictions in our experience.
We are the colored in a white feminist movement.
We are the feminists among the people of our culture.
We are often the lesbians among the straight.
We do this bridging by naming ourselves and by telling our stories in our own words."
From Cherrie Moraga and Gloria Anzaldua, This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color San Francisco: Aunt Lute Press, 1981.