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Gendered Bodies and Public Scrutiny
Women’s Stories of Staring, Strangers, and Fierce Resistance
In this unique approach to the field of body studies, author, scholar, and educator Victoria Kannen explores what it means to exist in a body that is constantly on display and subjected to public scrutiny. Kannen examines the interplay of many ways our bodies express identity, such as gender, race, body size, sexuality, disability, body modification, and age, and how public scrutiny of those expressions can impact our public and private selves.
Intertwining personal narratives of self-identified “odd and awed” women with theoretical chapters that help to elucidate the role of social power, this volume tackles the stares, comments, and questions that are directed towards bodies in public space through original research, personal narratives, and artistic expression. As readers encounter the narratives and images throughout the book, they will be supported by scholarly chapters on embodiment, identity, resistance, and power to help analyze, reflect on, and critically engage with the content.
Through stories, theory, and art, this timely new resource will engage students and scholars of women’s and gender studies, sociology, critical disability studies, and body studies.
- offers a unique understanding of interpretation and what it means to have a body that causes curiosity, discrimination, and lifelong interactions
- accessible and engaging for students and scholars, as well as those outside of academia
- provides creative and non-traditional opportunities for critical engagement with various embodiments
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Inspiring Awe, Feeling Odd
Chapter 2: Well-Meaning Strangers: Identities, Stares, and Hair
Body Story: Nana
Body Story: Rae
Response: Nana and Rae
Chapter 3: Our Bodies as Private and Public (Sexualized) Spaces
Body Story: Kali
Body Story: Alice
Response: Kali and Alice
Chapter 4: Underestimated and Overdetermined: Shame, Tokenism, Exoticism, and Fierce Resistance
Body Story: Viola
Body Story: Gioia
Response: Viola and Gioia
Chapter 5: Excessive Bodies: Modified and Un/Natural Freaks
Body Story: Quinn
Body Story: Victoria
Response: Quinn and Victoria
Chapter 6: Bodies and Their Stories