Body as Strategy
In “Laugh of the Medusa,” Helene Cixous writes, “We’ve been turned from our bodies, shamefully taught to ignore them, to strike them with that stupid sexual modesty....” And later adds, “Why so few texts? Because so few women have as yet won back their body. Women must write through their bodies, they must invent the impregnable language that will wreck partitions, classes and rhetorics, regulations and codes, they must submerge, cut through, get beyond the ultimate reverse-discourse, including the one that laughs at the very idea of pronouncing the word ‘silence’, the one that, aiming for the impossible, stops short before the word ‘impossible’ and writes it as ‘the end.’”
From Women in Black to Greenham Common, many women you meet in Women, Power and Politics have used their bodies as political statements.
What do you think of their strategies? How effective is the body as a vehicle for social change? How are they literally writing with their bodies?