q) Bodies

Note: Also See “Men’s Bodies and Biology” above. See “Masculinities in Culture and Representation” for material on clothing, fashion and beauty.


Birke, L. and Vines, G. (1987). Beyond Nature Versus Nurture: Process and Biology in the Development of Gender. Women’s Studies International Forum, 10(6).

Bordo, Susan. (1992). Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Braun, V. (2010). Female genital cosmetic surgery: a critical review of current knowledge and contemporary debates. J Womens Health (Larchmt), 19 (7), 1393-1407.

Braun, V., Tricklebank, G., & Clarke, V. (2013). “It Shouldn't Stick Out from Your Bikini at the Beach”: Meaning, Gender, and the Hairy/Hairless Body. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 37 (4), 478-493. 10.1177/0361684313492950

Burroughs and Ehrenreich. Reading the Social Body.

Butler, Judith. (1993). Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of ‘Sex’. Routledge.

Chernin, Kim. (1994). Hungry Self: Women, Eating & Identity. New York: HarperCollins.

Crary, Jonathon, Feher, Michel, Foster, Hal and Kwinter, Sanford. (eds). (1989). Fragments for a History of the Human Body. Parts 1-3. New York: MIT Press.

Cream, Julia. (1995). Re-solving Riddles: The Sexed Body. In Bell, David and Valentine, Gill. (eds). Mapping Desire: Geographies of Sexualities. London & New York: Cassell.

Dally, Ann. (1992). Women Under The Knife: A History of Surgery. New York: Routledge.

Davis, Kathy. (ed.). (1997). Embodied Practices: Feminist Perspectives on the Body. London: Sage.
Contents: 1 Embody-ing Theory: Beyond Modernist and Postmodernist Readings of the Body -- Kathy Davis.
2 Reading the Body: Young Women’s Accounts of their Bodies in Relation to Autonomy and Independence -- Anne Woollett & Harriette Marshall.
3 Performing the Body, Creating Culture -- Anna Aalten.
4 Female Bodies and Brittle Bones: Medical Interventions in Osteoporosis -- Ineke Klinge.
5 The Body of Gender Difference -- Gesa Lindemann.
6 Victims or Offenders? ‘Other’ Women in French Sexual Politics -- Rachel A. Bloul.
7 Sex as Usual: Body Politics and the Media War in Serbia -- Dubravka Zarkov.
8 Erotic Bodies: Images of the Disabled Gon Buurman.
9 Women’s Public Toilets: A Serious Issue for the Body Politic -- Julia Edwards & Linda McKie.
10 Chic Outrage and Body Politics -- Joanne Finkelstein.
11 ‘My Body is My Art’: Cosmetic Surgery as Feminist Utopia? -- Kathy Davis.
12 The Researching Body: The Epistemophilic Project -- Monica Rudberg.

Dowsett, Gary W. (2000). Bodyplay: Corporeality in a Discursive Silence. In RM Barbosa, P Aggleton & R Parker. (ed.), Framing the Sexual Subject: The Politics of Gender, Sexuality and Power. USA: University of California Press, 29-45.

Dutton, Kenneth. (1995). The Perfectible Body: The Western Ideal of Physical Development. London: Cassell.

Edwards, Anne. (1989). The Sex/Gender Distinction: Has It Outlived Its Usefulness?. Australian Feminist Studies, 10, Summer.

Ensler, Eve. (2001). The Vagina Monologues. New York: Villard.

Falk, Pasi. (1994). The Consuming Body. London: Sage.

Featherstone, Mike, Hepworth, Mike and Turner, Bryan. (eds). (1991). The Body: Social Process and Cultural Theory. London: Sage.

Gatens, Moira. (1983). A Critique of the Sex/Gender Distinction. In Allen, J. and Patten, Paul. (eds). Beyond Marxism? Interventions after Marx. Sydney: Intervention Publications.

Gatens, Moira. (1988). Towards a feminist philosophy of the body. In B. Caine, E.A. Grosz & M. de Lepervanche (eds.), Feminisms and the critique of knowledges. Sydney: Allen & Unwin.

Gatens, Moira. (1989). Woman and her Double(s): Sex, Gender and Ethics. Australian Feminist Studies, 10, Summer.

Gatens, Moira. (1996). Imaginary Bodies: Ethics, Power and Corporeality. London: Routledge.

Grosz, Elizabeth. (1987). Notes Towards a Corporeal Feminism. Australian Feminist Studies, 5, Summer.

Grosz, Elizabeth. (1994). Theorising Corporeality: Bodies, Sexuality and the Feminist Academy. Melbourne Journal of Politics, 22.

Grosz, Elizabeth. (1994). Volatile Bodies: Toward a Corporeal Feminism. Indiana Univ Press.

Grosz, Elizabeth. (1995). Space, Time and Perversion: The Politics of Bodies. Sydney: Allen & Unwin.

Heywood, Leslie. (1997). Bodymakers: A Cultural Anatomy of Women’s Body Building. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.

Hood-Williams, John. (1996). Goodbye to Sex and Gender. The Sociological Review, 44(1), February.

Hood-Williams, John. (1997). Real Sex/Fake Gender: A Reply to Willmott. The Sociological Review, 45(1), February.

Hubbard, Ruth. (1996). Gender and Genitals: Constructs of Sex and Gender. Social Text, 46/47, 14(1 & 2), Spring/Summer.

Hutchison. The Anatomy of Sex and Power: An Investigation of Mind-Body Politics.

Jaggar, Alison M. and Bordo, Susan R. (eds). (1989). Gender/Body/Knowledge: Feminist Reconstructions of Being and Knowing, Rutgers Univ Press.

Kirby, Vicki. Telling Flesh: The Substance of the Corporeal. Routledge.

Kroker. The Last Sex: Feminism and Outlaw Bodies.

Latteier, Carolyn. (1998). Breasts: The Women’s Perspective on an American Obsession. Harrington Park Press.

Lloyd, Genevieve. (1989). Woman as Other: Sex, Gender and Subjectivity. Australian Feminist Studies, 10, Summer.

Lorber, Judith. (1996). Beyond the Binaries: Depolarizing the Categories of Sex, Sexuality and Gender. Sociological Inquiry, 66(2), May.

Lupton, Deborah. (1994). Medicine as Culture: Illness, Disease and the Body in Western Societies. Sage.

Moore, Pamela. (ed.). (1997). Building Bodies, Rutgers University Press.

Ogletree, Shirley Matile, and Harvey J. Ginsburg. (2000). Kept under the hood: Neglect of the clitoris in common vernacular. Sex Roles, 43(11/12).

Plumwood, Val. (1989). Do we need a Sex/Gender Distinction?. Radical Philosophy, 51, Spring.

Ramazanoglu, Caroline. (1995). Back to Basics: Heterosexuality, Biology and Why Men Stay on Top. In Maynard, Mary and Purvis, June. (eds). (Hetero)Sexual Politics. London & Bristol, PA: Taylor & Francis.

Reekie, Gail. (1988). Feminism and Men’s Bodies: More Thoughts on Male Sexuality. Australian Feminist Studies, 6, Autumn.

Rothfield, Philipa. (1994). A Conversation Between Bodies. Melbourne Journal of Politics, 22.

Scarry, Elaine. (1985). The Body in Pain: The Making and Unmaking of the World. New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Scott, S. and Morgan, D. (eds). (1993). Body Matters: Essays on the Sociology of the Body, Sussex: Falmer Press.

Shilling, Chris. (1993). The Body and Social Theory. London: Sage.

Suleiman, Susan. (ed.). The Female Body in Western Culture. Harvard University Press.

Terry, G., & Braun, V. (2013). To let hair be, or to not let hair be? Gender and body hair removal practices in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Body Image, 10(4), 599-606. 10.1016/j.bodyim.2013.07.001

Thompson, Denise. (1989). The ‘Sex/Gender’ Distinction: A Reconsideration. Australian Feminist Studies, 10, Summer.

Turner, Bryan S. (1996). The Body and Society: Explorations in Social Theory. London: Sage.

Urla, Jacqueline and Swedlund, Alan C. (1995). The Anthropometry of Barbie: Unsettling Ideals of the Feminine Body in Popular Culture. In Terry, Jennifer and Urla, Jacqueline. (eds). Deviant Bodies: Critical Perspectives on Difference in science and Popular Culture. Bloomington & Indianopolis: Indiana University Press.

Weiss, Gail. (1999). Body Images: Embodiment As Intercorporeality. Routledge.

Weitz, Rose. (ed.). (1998). The Politics of Women’s Bodies: Sexuality, Appearance and Behavior.

Willmott, Robert Willmott. (1996). Resisting Sex/Gender Conflation: A Rejoinder to John Hood-Williams. The Sociological Review, 44(4), November.

Yalom, Marilyn. (1998). A History of the Breast. Ballantine.

Young, Iris Marion. (1990). Throwing Like a Girl and Other Essays in Feminist philosophy and Social Theory. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Zita, Jacqueline N. (1998). Body Talk: Philosophical Reflections on Sex and Gender. Columbia University Press.

- Fragments for a History of the Human Body, Part I (Zone 3), MIT Press.

- Fragments for a History of the Human Body, Part II (Zone 4), MIT Press.

- Fragments for a History of the Human Body, Part III (Zone 5), MIT Press.



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