Bordo, Butler, resistance and Seventh Day Adventism

This essay discusses the work of Susan Bordo and Judith Butler, noting especially how their work weaves in discussion of Foucault’s notion of disciplinary power.

What’s different about this is that it is written by a Seventh Day Adventist in a seminary trying to connect that orientation with feminism.

Here’s the first para:

Philosophers Susan Bordo and Judith Butler both explore the relationship between identity-politics and transformative agency of subjects. Threads of Michel Foucault are woven into the work of each of the writers, but they find very different points in how to challenge dominant cultural paradigms. Bordo uses Foucault’s analysis of disciplinary power to isolate penalizing technologies that further subjugate women. She explores pathological behavior that some women develop in protest of cultural expectations made of “feminine” objects. Such pathological behaviors include anorexia nervosa, hysteria, and agoraphobia. Butler acknowledges the impossibility of overcoming dominant, albeit transformative, discourses. She focuses on strategies of resisting hegemonic paradigms of power and knowledge, especially through the use of parody. 

This is from the About statement:

This blog aims to facilitate constructive conversation about feminism and gender issues within the context of Seventh-day Adventism. The relationship between Adventism and feminism is often questioned, as some individuals argue that the feminist “agenda” has no place in the church community. Here, feminism is understood as a movement within a broad movement called social justice. A very basic and general definition of feminism is that it seeks to bring equality between men and women. Equality is sought in social structures, family circles, religious institutions, in the media, language, education, economics, and so on. Feminism seeks to build “power with” other humans and not “power over.”


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