The body and sexuality in cultural representation: an interview with Susan Bordo

The body and sexuality in cultural representation: an interview with Susan Bordo

Published by Routledge
Interviewed by Goutam Karmakar

According to Zita, Bordo’s The Flight to Objectivity: Essays on Cartesianism and Culture is ‘one of the most thorough and focused feminist critiques of the masculinization of western philosophy that has been written thus far’ (1990, pp. 647–648). This interview focuses on Susan Bordo’s works and views on body politics with respect to gender, class, colour, sexuality and shape. It highlights the critique of the cartesian notion of western philosophy, the masculinized view of female and also the socially constructed perceptions of body and weight. The conversation references Bordo’s prominent works such as The Flight to Objectivity (1987), Unbearable Weight (1993), Twilight Zones (1997) and The Male Body (1999) to contextualize arguments on the body, sexuality and social stigma. The views of Bordo presented here are also based on recent political developments and the rise of women of colour in the global political arena.