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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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House and Home: *

House and Home: *

Feminist Variations on a Theme

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(p.123) 7 House and Home:*
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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:10.1093/0195161920.003.0008

This essay explores the ambivalence of the values of house and home. It agrees with feminist critics such as Luce Irigaray and Simone de Beauvoir that the comforts and supports of house and home historically come at women’s expense. Women serve, nurture, and maintain so that the bodies and souls of men and children gain confidence and expansive subjectivity to make their mark on the world. However, this homey role also deprives women of support for their own identity and projects. The essay challenges a group of feminist texts whose writers all reject the idea of the home as inappropriately totalizing and imperialist, questioning the wholesale rejection of an ideal of the home for feminism.

Keywords:   women, home, housekeeping, feminism, subjectivity, identity, Luce Irigaray, Simone de Beauvoir

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