Feminisms and fluidity: from breasted existence to breasted resistance in feminist theory and activism

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dc.contributor Erevelles, Nirmala
dc.contributor Spears, Ellen Griffith
dc.contributor Kopelson, Heather Miyano
dc.contributor.advisor Purvis, Jennifer
dc.contributor.author Sullivan, Maigen
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T14:38:56Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T14:38:56Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000545
dc.identifier.other Sullivan_alatus_0004M_10724
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/1050
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Dominant phallocentric norms call on bodies to fit rigid, static molds that do not allow for any flux or fluidity. It is necessary to note that these standards are a fallacy and that no bodies adhere to such strict structures. However, women's bodies are especially seen as going, and in fact do go, against these standards for what constitutes a proper body. When discussing the ways in which women's bodies act as sites of resistance against heteromasculine norms, their genitalia are often at the center of the conversation. However, we can take the discourse surrounding the fluidity of female genitalia and move it to a higher region--breasts. In Feminisms and Fluidity: From Breasted Existence to Breasted Resistance in Feminist Theory and Activism, I use the language and discourse typically reserved for women's genitalia in relation to breasts by looking at them as fluid sites of control and resistance. I discuss the physicality of breasts as being fluid in that breasts shift their shape with age and movement. I examine the way in which women's breasts are fluid in that they have the potentiality to produce fluids--breast milk. Finally, I expand our understanding of bodily limitations by examining both S/M and Crip Theory as ways to expand the margins of the body.
dc.format.extent 85 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Women's Studies
dc.title Feminisms and fluidity: from breasted existence to breasted resistance in feminist theory and activism
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Department of Gender and Race Studies
etdms.degree.discipline Women's Studies
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master's
etdms.degree.name M.A.


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