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By Jane M. Ussher

Managing the titanic Feminine takes a different method of the examine of the fabric and discursive practices linked to the development and legislation of the feminine physique. Jane Ussher examines the ways that drugs, technology, the legislation and pop culture mix to provide fictions approximately femininity, positioning the reproductive physique because the resource of women's strength, threat and weakness.
Including sections on 'regulation', 'the subjectification of ladies' and 'women's negotiation and resistance', this publication describes the development of the 'monstrous female' in mythology, artwork, literature and movie, revealing its implications for the legislation and event of the fecund woman physique. severe studies are mixed with case experiences and large interview fabric to light up discussions of topics including:

  • the law of ladies during the body
  • regimes of information 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 could be of curiosity to these learning well-being psychology, social psychology, clinical sociology, gender reviews and cultural reports. The ebook also will attract all these trying to find a high-level advent to modern feminist notion at the lady body.

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I did everything to prove that it’s not an issue at all. I didn’t want anyone to know. [19, p. 673] Many young women feel distraught at being suddenly positioned as different, as potentially sexual, with physical contact with their father, or with boys, being curtailed [19]. The positioning of the body as potentially polluted, or as sexually threatening, which underpins the practice of a post-menarchal gendered segregation, can be internalised as shame or disgust, as is illustrated by Sarah’s account of her first period: My first period came unexpectedly at age twelve.

End of story. One of the implications of ‘thingifying’ PMS in this way is that many women who seek help for premenstrual symptoms do not meet the objective diagnostic criteria set out by expert panels, and are thus defined as ‘not having’ PMS, despite their own reports of premenstrual distress. For example, in a study of eighty PMS clinic attendees, Hammarback and Backstrom [84] reported that only 30 per cent could be diagnosed as having ‘pure PMS’, 56 per cent ‘premenstrual aggravation’, and 14 per cent ‘no significant cyclicity’.

110]. Christian views of women’s fecundity originate in the views of St Augustine (AD 354–430), whose hostility towards women led him to declare that nothing was more likely to ‘bring the manly mind down from the heights than a woman’s caresses, and that joining of bodies without which one cannot have a wife’ [51, p. 222]. Men were told to worship the spiritual nature of woman, but to despise her bodily reality: A good Christian is found toward one and the same woman, to love the creature of God whom he desires to be transformed and renewed, but to hate in her the corruptible and mortal conjugal connection, sexual intercourse and all that pertains to her as a wife.

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