Managing the Monstrous Feminine: Regulating the Reproductive by Jane M. Ussher

By Jane M. Ussher

Managing the mammoth Feminine takes a different method of the examine of the cloth and discursive practices linked to the development and legislation of the feminine physique. Jane Ussher examines the ways that drugs, technology, the legislations and pop culture mix to supply fictions approximately femininity, positioning the reproductive physique because the resource of women's strength, possibility and weakness.
Including sections on 'regulation', 'the subjectification of ladies' and 'women's negotiation and resistance', this booklet describes the development of the 'monstrous female' in mythology, artwork, literature and movie, revealing its implications for the rules and event of the fecund lady physique. severe stories are mixed with case reports and broad interview fabric to light up discussions of matters including:

  • the legislation of girls in the course of the body
  • regimes of data linked to reproduction
  • intersubjectivity and the body
  • women’s narratives of resistance.

These insights into the relation among the development of the feminine physique and women's subjectivity can be of curiosity to these learning wellbeing and fitness psychology, social psychology, clinical sociology, gender reports and cultural reviews. The publication also will entice all these searching for a high-level creation to modern feminist inspiration at the woman body.

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Please ring as appropriate—you may want to ring more than one answer) Managing the monstrous feminine 26 1. feeling suddenly sad, tearful, irritable or angry 2. persistent and marked anger or irritability 3. marked anxiety, tension, feelings of being ‘keyed up’ or ‘on edge’ 4. markedly depressed mood, feelings of hopelessness, or self-deprecating thoughts 5. g. work, friends, hobbies 6. feeling tired, or a marked lack of energy 7. difficulty in concentrating 8. marked change in appetite, overeating or specific food-cravings 9.

And resistance isn’t necessarily a solitary endeavour. Professionals working from a critical or feminist perspective can assist women in processes of resistance, through helping to identify self-policing practices, reauthoring experience, and re-framing distress within a relational, cultural or political context, which moves away from notions of the woman as monstrous or her body as to blame, as we shall see. However, significant proportions of women do blame their bodies for distress or anger experienced across the lifespan, and, as a result, experience themselves as faulty and failing, as my mother did when I was a child.

The euphemisms used by men to describe menstruation—‘on the rag’, ‘in season’, ‘really slick’, ‘dirt red’, ‘manhole covers’ [10]—are more negative than those used by women, and serve to express men’s dominance over women, reminding girls that their bodies are abject, and that their fecundity is a sign of difference, deviance and deficiency. Yet to be unspeakable is preferable to being abject; it is thus no wonder that girls maintain silence about their bleeding bodies. Menarche brings a young woman into her body, its sexual and reproductive functions no longer able to be denied or ignored.

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