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Renowned Goddess of DesireWomen, Sex, and Speech in Tantra$
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Loriliai Biernacki

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195327823

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327823.001.0001

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 To Speak Like a Woman

 To Speak Like a Woman

The Feminine Mantra and Bodied Speech

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Renowned Goddess of Desire

Loriliai Biernacki (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at the links between “female” speech and the female body, arguing that female speech is frequently stereotypically coded as performative speech. A consequence of this stereotype of female speech is that it undermines the validity of women's speech. This chapter explores these stereotypes through comparing a myth in the Great Blue Tantra that tells the story of the birth of the feminine word, the feminine mantra, with two other examples of women's speech as connected to the body and as performative speech, within both an Indian context and in the contemporary U. S. This chapter suggests with the comparison an instance of recoding the stereotype, and with it, a recoding of the value attached to the body, matter, materiality, and Nature.

Keywords:   speech, female speech, women in Tantra, Hindu Goddesses, Mantras, women and the body, gender and speech, performative speech

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