The concept of sacrifice poses an interesting challenge to feminist theory. On the one hand, it seems that women must reject self-sacrificing practices. On the other hand, certain recent feminist analyses have recognized sacrifice as a potential empowering tool for women, so long as it is freely chosen and experienced as positively transformative. In this paper I argue that it is possible to relate to childbirth either as an event calling for women to sacrifice themselves in the patriarchal sense or, alternatively, as one that allows for a "feminist sacrifice"- a deeply embodied and painful but also creative and redeeming self-sacrifice, chosen by a woman herself. I show that while the patriarchal sacrifice of women's birthing bodies in the labor room through shame, blame, objectification, and abuse must be clearly rejected from a feminist perspective, there is nevertheless room for "feminist sacrifice"in childbirth.
|Number of pages||19|
|Journal||Interdisciplinary Journal for Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society|
|State||Published - 2022|
Bibliographical notePublisher Copyright:
© 2022 Dr. Sara Cohen Shabot.
- medicalized childbirth
- natural birth
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Religious studies
- Social Sciences (miscellaneous)