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Embodying Womanhood? Doing Pregnancy, Doing Research

Yarwood, G (2014) Embodying Womanhood? Doing Pregnancy, Doing Research. In: ‘All Equally Real’: Femininities and Masculinities Today. Inter-Disciplinary Press. ISBN 978-1-84888-317-8

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Abstract

This volume is a collection of research papers which deem gender identities to be dynamic and multiple categories, refusing resolutely to reduce their complexity to fit neat extant binaries. It attempts to grapple with the dialectic which emerges from the fact that while there is a certain resistance to being labeled in contemporary discourses on sexuality, gender identities actively influence how we interpret the world and how we function within it: we exist amongst patterns, models, and behaviours, as well as among people who virtually demand to be labeled, because to them, this forms the basis of a stable identity. Various cultural perspectives and realities are here given voice, bringing to bear upon the reader the need to identify privileges they might take for granted, but which are unobtainable elsewhere. As the curtain of one’s own cultural context is lifted, this volume hopes that these privileges are – even if for a moment – no longer invisible.

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