Anarchic bodies: Foucault and the feminist question of experience

Hypatia 19 (4):97-119 (2004)
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: The article shows that Michel Foucault's account of the sexual body is not a naïve return to a prediscursive body, nor does it amount to discourse reductionism and to the exclusion of experience, as some feminists have argued. Instead, Foucault's idea of bodies and pleasures as a possibility of the counterattack against normalizing power presupposes an experiential understanding of the body. The experiential body can become a locus of resistance because it is the possibility of an unpredictable event



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Johanna Oksala
Loyola University, Chicago