Download E-books Alien Constructions: Science Fiction and Feminist Thought PDF

By Patricia Melzer

Though set in different worlds populated by means of alien beings, technological know-how fiction is a domain the place people can critique and re-imagine the paradigms that form this international, from basics comparable to the intercourse and gender of the physique to worldwide strength family between sexes, races, and countries. Feminist thinkers and writers are more and more spotting technology fiction's strength to shatter patriarchal and heterosexual norms, whereas the creators of technology fiction are bringing new intensity and complexity to the style by means of enticing with feminist theories and politics. This e-book maps the intersection of feminism and technological know-how fiction via shut readings of technological know-how fiction literature by way of Octavia E. Butler, Richard Calder, and Melissa Scott and the flicks The Matrix and the Alien series.

Patricia Melzer analyzes how those authors and movies symbolize debates and ideas in 3 parts of feminist suggestion: id and distinction, feminist reviews of technological know-how and expertise, and the connection between gender identification, physique, and wish, together with the hot gender politics of queer wants, transgender, and intersexed our bodies and identities. She demonstrates that key political parts form those debates, together with worldwide capitalism and exploitative type kinfolk inside of a starting to be foreign approach; the influence of computing device, commercial, and scientific applied sciences on women's lives and reproductive rights; and posthuman embodiment as expressed via biotechnologies, the body/machine interface, and the commodification of hope. Melzer's research makes it transparent that feminist writings and readings of technology fiction are a part of a feminist critique of current energy relations—and that the alien structures (cyborgs, clones, androids, extraterrestrial beings, and hybrids) that populate postmodern technological know-how fiction are as in all probability empowering as they're threatening.

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Download E-books Self-Transformations: Foucault, Ethics, and Normalized Bodies (Studies in Feminist Philosophy) PDF

By Cressida J. Heyes

Heyes' monograph in feminist philosophy is at the connection among the belief of "normalization"--which according to Foucault is a method or strength of regulate that homogenizes a population--and the gendered physique. Drawing on Foucault and Wittgenstein, she argues that the important photograph of the self--a photo that presupposes an "inner" center of the self that's expressed, adequately or now not, by means of the outer body--obscures the relationship among modern discourses and practices of self-transformation and the forces of normalization. In different phrases, images of the self can carry us captive after they are being learn from the outer self--the body--rather than the interior self, and we will be able to show our internal self through engaged on our outer physique to comply. Articulating this concept with a mixture of the theoretical and the sensible, she seems to be at case reports concerning transgender humans, weightloss weight loss diet, and plastic surgery. Her concluding chapters examine the tricky factor of the way to tell apart non-normalizing practices of the self from normalizing ones, and makes feedback approximately how feminists may well conceive of matters as embodied and enmeshed in energy relatives but additionally in a position to self-transformation.

the topic of normalization and its courting to sex/gender is an immense one in feminist concept; Heyes' booklet is exclusive in her masterful use of Foucault; its readability, and its refined mixture of the theoretical and the anecdotal. it is going to entice feminist philosophers and theorists.

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Download E-books Noteworthy Francophone Women Directors: A Sequel PDF

By Janis L. Pallister

Noteworthy Francophone ladies administrators: A Sequel is a accomplished consultant that foregrounds the productions of approximately 300 Francophone girls filmmakers from France, Belgium, Switzerland, Latin American, Québec, or even Thailand. The e-book starts following movies published after the e-book of Pallister and Hottell's final quantity, Francophone ladies movie administrators, in 2005 and prevents after the Cannes movie pageant in 2010.

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Download E-books Ecofeminism (critique influence change) PDF

By Maria Mies, Vandana Shiva

This groundbreaking paintings continues to be as correct this day as while it used to be whilst first released. of Zed’s best-known authors argue that ecological destruction and commercial catastrophes represent a right away danger to way of life, the upkeep of which has been made the actual accountability of girls. In either industrialized societies and the constructing international locations, the hot wars the realm is experiencing, violent ethnic chauvinisms and the malfunctioning of the economic system additionally pose pressing questions for ecofeminists. Is there a dating among patriarchal oppression and the destruction of nature within the identify of revenue and growth? How can ladies counter the violence inherent in those approaches? should still they give the impression of being to a hyperlink among the women’s circulate and different social hobbies? Maria Mies and Vandana Shiva provide a thought-provoking research of those and lots of different concerns from a distinct North-South point of view. They critique triumphing monetary theories, traditional recommendations of women’s emancipation, the parable of ‘catching up’ improvement, the philosophical foundations of contemporary technology and expertise, and the omission of ethics while discussing such a lot of questions, together with advances in reproductive expertise and biotechnology. In developing their very own ecofeminist epistemology and method, those across the world revered feminist environmental activists glance to the possibility of routine advocating customer liberation and subsistence creation, sustainability and regeneration, and so they argue for an reputation of limits and reciprocity and a rejection of exploitation, the unending commoditization of wishes, and violence.

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Download E-books Voices of the Women's Health Movement, Volume 2 PDF

An remarkable and definitive number of rabble-rousing writings on women’s future health, Voices of the Women’s future health stream explores more than a few provocative issues from reproductive rights to sexuality to motherhood. Trail-blazing recommend Barbara Seaman and future health activist Laura Eldridge deliver the innovative rules of a number of generations jointly during this strong new e-book celebrating women’s our bodies, and women’s voices. The greater than 2 hundred participants contain Jennifer Baumgardner, Susan Brownmiller, Phyllis Chesler, Angela Y. Davis, Barbara Ehrenreich, Germaine Greer, Shulamith Firestone, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Erica Jong, Molly Haskell, Shere Hite, Susie Orbach, Judith Rossner, Alix Kates Shulman, Gloria Steinem, Sojourner fact, Rebecca Walker, Naomi Wolf, and so on. With Voices of the Women’s future health Movement, for the 1st time, each girl and woman can adventure in a single position the strong heritage of stirring phrases and robust girl views that experience encouraged numerous ladies to take keep an eye on in their future health and their lives.
 
Volume highlights comprise influential writings on intercourse, rape and violence opposed to girls, physique photograph, trained consent, self-help gynecology, sufferer advocacy, and the mind-body connection.

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Download E-books Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman's Guide to Why Feminism Matters PDF

Now in its up-to-date moment version, Full Frontal Feminism is a e-book that keeps to embrace the forward-looking messages that writer Jessica Valenti propagated as founding father of the preferred web site, Feministing.com.

Full Frontal Feminism is a great and relatable consultant to the problems that topic to today’s younger ladies. This version contains a new foreword through Valenti, reflecting upon what’s occurred within the seven years considering that Full Frontal Feminism used to be initially released. With new openers from Valenti in each bankruptcy, the ebook covers quite a number issues, together with popular culture, wellbeing and fitness, reproductive rights, violence, schooling, relationships, and more.

Chapters include:

You’re a Hardcore Feminist. I Swear.
Feminists Do It greater (and different intercourse Tips)
Pop tradition long gone Wild
The Blame (and disgrace) Game
If those Uterine partitions might Talk
Material World
My titanic fats pointless marriage ceremony and different relationship Diseases
“Real” ladies Have Babies
I Promise I Won’t Say “Herstory”
Boys Do Cry
Beauty Cult
Sex and the City citizens, My Ass
A quickly educational Aside
Get to It

Since its unique booklet, Full Frontal Feminism has reassured readers—yeah, you are feminists, and that is really lovely cool.

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