Anarchic Bodies: Foucault and the Feminist Question of Experience

  title={Anarchic Bodies: Foucault and the Feminist Question of Experience},
  author={Johanna Kristiina Oksala},
  pages={99 - 121}
The article shows that Michel Foucault's account of the sexual body is not a naive return to a prediscursive body, nor does it amount to discourse reductionism and to the exclusion of experience, as some feminists have argued. Instead, Foucault's idea of bodies and pleasures as a possibility of the counterattack against normalizing power presupposes an experiential understanding of the body. The experiential body can become a locus of resistance because it is the possibility of an unpredictable… Expand
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