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Contemporary feminist thought has not been successful in reordering existing ideologies or constructing an epistemology which does not utilize pre- existing misogynistic deprecation against female corporeality. These desires and perceptions furthermore limit the possibilities of those who are biologically female, in that it inscribes symbolic meanings and understandings of natural biological processes such as child bearing, menstruation, and menopause in a manner so that this once neutral modification of the infinite substance1 now becomes a finite incomplete version of another modification[man]. If there is but one substance, it has to be understood that modifications cannot supersede each other. If Substance is infinite and nondivisible, it cannot be identified with or reduced to finite substances or things.

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Contemporary feminist thought has not been successful in reordering existing ideologies or constructing an epistemology which does not utilize pre- existing misogynistic deprecation against female corporeality.

These desires and perceptions furthermore limit the possibilities of those who are biologically female, in that it inscribes symbolic meanings and understandings of natural biological processes such as child bearing, menstruation, and menopause in a manner so that this once neutral modification of the infinite substance1 now becomes a finite incomplete version of another modification[man].

If there is but one substance, it has to be understood that modifications cannot supersede each other. If Substance is infinite and nondivisible, it cannot be identified with or reduced to finite substances or things. Finite things are not substances but are modifications or affections of the one substance, modes or specification of substance.

An individual entity human otherwise is not self-subsistent but is a passing or provisional determination of the self-subsistent.

Substance has potentially infinite attributes to express its nature. Each attribute adequately expresses substance insofar as it is infinite the infinity of space, for example, expression the attribute of extension , yet each attribute is aloes inadequate or incomplete insofar as it expresses substance only in one form. This perspective also adapts the precept that the female form gathers information as well as exudes an impact on its environment, which is quite different from that which results from male corporeality.

Egalitarian feminists note the problematic relationship between the roles of motherhood and civic serfdom which nullify any hope for attaining quality in the work place.

Both aspects of this epistemology make thorough use however, of the normalized fallacy of the physically lesser, socially limited, naturally unstable female form. The cultural relativity of female corporeality as defined by lived experience is the focus of another group of feminists who seem to be concerned with the body as an object represented by and representational of cultural; their focus is on Sexual Differences.

The limitations imposed on the body by gender stereotypes is precarious, as the body is that which creates this intrinsically hominid phenomenon and furthermore culturally and socially defines interaction. The sexes are not pitted against each other within this thought construct nor are mind and body seen as binary opposites.

The human being is a cultural body unlike any other type of body living or non-living. Human corporeality has an inherent uniquely developed symbolic understanding and interpretation of the world which makes it impossible to remove the socio-biological layer of gendered identity in abide to understand the sexes independently of biology. It is therefore accepted as a priori that the ideology of gender is dependent upon biology. A clear understanding on the modes of Page 6 of 6 intersection between mind and body will better enable transparency with regards to the educative priories and epistemologies governing the bio-social and the bio-political.

It is impossible for bodies to escape their material and non-material intersectional properties, that is, race, class, sex, gender and so forth. All that which is known or knowable about human bodies is knowable via an understanding of sexuality; be it biological or ideological seeing as biology begs to be referenced ideologically. Related Papers.

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As it stands now, I consider myself somewhere in between a newb and an intermediate theory scholar Should that be critical theory, rhetorical theory, other kind of theory? I know some of the big names, particularly those dealing with issues related to identity and disease, and I think I can occasionally connect the dots between theories, but I am not ready to start writing the next great philosophical treatise. I have never read any feminist theory. Except for that short excerpt by Rosemarie Garland-Thomson last week.

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Shelves: , gender , epistemology , theory , women , sex , critical , feminist , machines , philosophy-and-culture This was difficult and Grozs acknowledges the difficulties of her task and the resultant imperfections of her theory. One problem I had was at the end there was a completely needless transphobic moment, we certainly could have done without that. For the rest of it she runs through various theorists, mostly thankfully to critique them and leave them behind but she gets stuck on Deleuze and Guattari, which she shows to be problematic yet useful. I want more development on some things. Grozs is This was difficult and Grozs acknowledges the difficulties of her task and the resultant imperfections of her theory.

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