The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability

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Taylor & Francis Group, 1996 - Philosophy - 206 pages
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The Rejected Body argues that feminist theorizing has been skewed toward non-disabled experience, and that the knowledge of people with disabilities must be integrated into feminist ethics, discussions of bodily life, and criticism of the cognitive and social authority of medicine. Among the topics it addresses are who should be identified as disabled; whether disability is biomedical, social or both; what causes disability and what could 'cure' it; and whether scientific efforts to eliminate disabling physical conditions are morally justified.

Wendell provides a remarkable look at how cultural attitudes towards the body contribute to the stigma of disability and to widespread unwillingness to accept and provide for the body's inevitable weakness.

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Review: The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability

User Review  - Jaime - Goodreads

This was my first feminist disability book and I really liked it. It was a great introduction to the subject and opened my mind to considering disability in a way I had never considered. "Temporarily Able-Bodied" was my favourite concept. It's a must read! Read full review

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User Review  - Chris Nagel - Goodreads

Pretty dang good, but dated -- the 1996 feminist ethic of care bit, and oh, those debates about essentialist vs. postmodern feminism! But Wendell's discussion of disability will be useful for my ... Read full review

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Susan Wendell is Associate Professor of Women's Studies at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia. She is the co- editor, with David Copp, of Pornography and Censorship (1983).

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