Corporeal Archetypes and Power: Preliminary Clarifications and Considerations of Sex

Hypatia 7 (3):39 - 76 (1992)

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An examination of animate from reveals corporeal archetypes that underlie both human sexual behavior and the reigning Western biological paradigm of human sexuality that reworks the archetypes to enforce female oppression. Viewed within the framework of present-day social constructionist theory and Western biology, I show how both social constructionist feminists who disavow biology and biologists who reduce human biology to anatomy forget evolution and thereby forego understandings essential to the political liberation of women.
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DOI 10.1111/j.1527-2001.1992.tb00904.x
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