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Sex, Race and ‘Unnatural’ Difference: Tracking the Chiastic Logic of Menopause-Related Discourses.

Roberts,, Celia (2004) Sex, Race and ‘Unnatural’ Difference: Tracking the Chiastic Logic of Menopause-Related Discourses. European Journal of Women's Studies, 11 (1). pp. 27-44.

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Abstract

Theorizing interconnections of sexual and racial differences remains a core problematic within feminist theory. In this article the author argues that these connections might in some cases usefully be understood as constituting a chiasmas. The term ‘chiasmas’ is taken from MichËle Le Doeuff’s analysis of the writings of 18th-century physiologist Pierre Roussel. Le Doeuff argues that Roussel’s understanding of sexual difference is chiastic. An examination of contemporary medical and scientific discourses around the menopause and its treatment through hormone replacement therapy (HRT) takes the argument onto new ground. The author argues here that menopause-related discourses rely on a chiastic logic that connects sexual difference with racial differences. Identification of such logics may prove useful to feminist analyses of specific entanglements of the logics of sexual and racial differences, in contemporary and historical instances.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: European Journal of Women's Studies
Uncontrolled Keywords: biological body • chiasmas • hormone replacement therapy • Le Doeuff • menopause • race • sex hormones • sexual difference
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 11044
Deposited By: Mrs Yaling Zhang
Deposited On: 30 Jul 2008 13:52
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 14:56
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/11044

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