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Cutting it Off by Elizabeth Loeb

April 30, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Hello lovely people,

I’m sorry about the late notice (I’m on CPT) but Sunday the 30th the always amazing Patricia will be leading a discussion of the article “Cutting it Off.”

Her words:

Elizabeth Loeb, a lawyer and legal activist, argues that “bodily integrity” is an enabling fiction that legitimates existing power structures. Specifically, she looks at how laws that define whole or healthy bodies have arisen from judicial justifications for women and slaves as the (bodily) property of white men, and how capitalism (a body capable of paid labor) and patriarchy (a female body capable of producing offspring) influence our definitions of healthy bodies.

This raises question of: What are appropriate definitions of “healthy” or “pathological” bodies or behavior, and who should make these definitions? What are the potential costs and benefits of movements which have chosen to de-pathologize their experiences or pathologize others? What does this mean for self-advocacy groups (like groups of autistic, small-statured, or deaf people that de-pathologize their conditions and push against traditional treatments/cures)?

We could read through the end of page 11 this week, since this is last-minute and the article is kind of long, and Patricia can lead discussion and provide a summary of the second half of the article.

As always, we meet at Berkeley Books!


April 30, 2017
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Berkeley Books of Paris
8, rue Casimir Delavigne
Paris, 75006 France
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