Anatomophilia

Anatomophilia

I find not enough feminist critical theory is developed on the dynamics and the tension between the metaphoric and metonymic representations of female anatomical parts and characterizations of the relationship of the parts to the whole, autonomy and dependence between the whole body and the parts of the body. Moreover, western corporeal feminist theory is too much Eurocentric, hardly acknowledging the multidimensional theories on corporeality existing in non-western culture.  In order to develop a framework to influence critical thinking on the strategic use of female anatomical parts as a means of empowerment, in my current book project Stripping the Anatomical Parts, I propose a neologism called “anatomophilia” that describes the affective bond between a woman’s self and her body parts through multiracial female corporeality.

There are many stories which are not on paper. They're written in the bodies and minds of women.