Irigaray's Corporeality Analysis

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Irigaray theorizes that the body’s symbolic meaning structures subjectivity. In Irigaray’s Corporeality, the body becomes an effect and product of symbolism which creates a specific body type only appropriate for society. Therefore, language and culture produce the body. (Notes, 10/6/15). Irigaray stated that “Women’s social inferiority is reinforced and complicated by the fact that woman does not have access to language, except through recourse to ‘masculine’ systems of representation which disappropriate her from her relation to herself and to other women.” (Irigaray, p. 85). Narratives determine who each human is and how they act and how one experiences their body in different spaces at different moments and depending on how you feel …show more content…
A woman is moldable especially depending on the oppression one may feel in different situations. According to the misogynist culture, a woman will feel internalized value of herself and pressure of how she should change herself to fit into society and under patriarchal acceptance. Masculinity is the center of society and creates a male dominated space. Through this phallocentrism, there are no real representations for women. Women cannot exist unless it is through morphology, which is the negation, the duplication, or the inversion of men. Morphology is “the ways the body and autonomy of each sex is lived by the subject and represented in culture.” (Notes, 10/6/15). Femininity represents castration, as if the feminine body is missing body parts compared to the masculine body, which represents phallic and complete with all body parts necessary to be a fully functioning human. …show more content…
They do not need the other to exist since they each will live in their own right and on their own terms. For example, one can have a cup of coffee and understand that it is a cup of coffee without needing a gold fish and you can have a gold fish and understand what a gold fish is without needing to know what a tree is, which is how each body should be able to live. (Notes, 10/6/15). The term “soul mate” is directed towards women to enforce the idea that they are not a whole person unless they have a man in their life telling them what to do; women are incomplete and cannot exist fully functioning in the world unless they find a man to spend the rest of their life with. (Notes, 10/6/15). The goal is for one to speak to their own body and do with it what they choose without someone else creating guidelines for them. Irigaray stated that “Women are thus in a situation of specific exploitation with respect to exchange operations: sexual exchanges,…economic, social, and cultural exchanges in general.” (Irigaray, p. 85). Culture continuously tells society what to use, how to dress, and how to present yourself. Women must use pink and smell like flowers while men must use blue and smell “manly.” Society needs to cease the separation of women from the men in order to decipher who controls the other where the denotation of blue does not

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