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The Concept of body

Body as a medium of culture

Docile bodies –

Female bodies forces and energies are habituated, to external regulation, subjection , transformation and “improvement.”

“Through the exacting and normalizing disciplines of diet, makeup, and dress, women are rendered less socially oriented and more centripetally focused on self-modification.”

“The discipline and normalization of the female body[…] has to be acknowledged as an amazingly durable and flexible strategy of social control.”

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