Possible Bodies

Gut Feminism

Item number: 079
Item title: Gut Feminism
Author(s) of the item: Elizabeth A. Wilson
Year in which the item emerged culturally or was produced industrially: 2015
Entry of the item into the inventory: 29 July 2017
Inventor(s) for this item: Kym Ward

The belly takes shape both from what has been ingested (from the world), from its internal neighbors (liver, diaphragm, intestines, kidney), and from bodily posture. This is an organ uniquely positioned, anatomically, to contain what is worldly, what is idiosyncratic, and what is visceral, and to show how such divisions are always being broken down, remade, metabolized, circulated, intensified, and excreted.

It is my concern that we have come to be astute about the body while being ignorant about anatomy and that feminism’s relations to biological data have tended to be skeptical or indifferent rather than speculative, engaged, fascinated, surprised, enthusiastic, amused, or astonished.

Elizabeth A. Wilson, Gut Feminism (2015)