Laboring with Beauvoir: In Search of the Embodied Subject in Childbirth

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Using Beauvoir's existentialist and phenomenological ideas, this piece reflects on the embodied experience of childbirth, offering an alternative to the essentialist/postmodern dilemma concerning the feminist analysis of labor. When lived as an intense, embodied, painful experience, childbirth can be viewed as an empowering experience not in essentialist, but in phenomenological-existentialist terms: an experience that (in Beauvoirian language) perfectly conjoins the immanent with the transcendent to create a “project of subjectivity.”
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Companion to Simone de Beauvoir
EditorsLaura Hengehold, Nancy Bauer
Place of PublicationHoboken, N.J.
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781118795996
ISBN (Print)9781118796023
StatePublished - 2017

Publication series

NameBlackwell companions to philosophy


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