Feminism has a history of deep ambivalence towards the female body, which has figured alternately as the source of women's oppression and as the locus of a specifically female power. From the 1980s there has been a virtual 'resurrection of the body' in social and philosophical theory. This has the base in poststructuralist philosophies. The starting point of these wayward philosophies is a refusal of the mind/body dichotomy which has dominated Western thought, and its dissolution in a concept of subjectivity which is irreducibly corporeal.

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