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On Female Body Experience“Throwing Like a Girl” and Other Essays$
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Iris Marion Young

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195161922

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195161920.001.0001

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Pregnant Embodiment:

Pregnant Embodiment:

Subjectivity and Alienation

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(p.46) 3 Pregnant Embodiment:
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On Female Body Experience
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Iris Marion Young (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195161920.003.0004

This essay considers some of the experiences of pregnancy from the pregnant woman’s viewpoint. Drawing on diaries and literature as well as phenomenological reflection on the pregnant experience, it seeks to let women speak in their own voices. Section I describes some aspects of bodily existence unique to pregnancy. The pregnant subject is shown as decentered, split, or doubled in several ways. Section II reflects on the encounter of the pregnant subject with the institutions and practices of medicine. It argues that within the present organization of these institutions and practices, women usually find such an encounter alienating in several respects.

Keywords:   pregnancy, phenomenology, split, medicine, alienation

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