Notions of Destiny in Women's Self-Construction

Knott, Kim (1998) Notions of Destiny in Women's Self-Construction. Religion, 28 (4). pp. 405-412. ISSN 0048-721X

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What can women become? How is their becoming fashioned? What forces affect it? What sense do they make of their becoming? In this article the author aims to raise issues which pertain to women and their conceptions of destiny, and to consider these in the light of recent feminist analyses. Three issues are discussed: the ‘good woman’, or the impact of gendered norms and expectations upon women's destinies; women's self-construction and the possibility of women envisioning or creating their own destinies; and the becoming of the woman-subject, the desire of women collectively to accomplish their subjectivity as women. The themes of determinism and women's differences are also considered.

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