Future research interests

The books and resources mentioned in this bibliographic essay clearly illustrate the plethora of scholarship on feminist theories of the body. Many of the works suggest that the female body has historically been under the control of men. As Adrienne Rich ([1976] 2015) stated, there is nothing unique about the fact that women’s bodies are under the control of men. Whether it is in the arena of the sports, maternity or weight, women’s bodies have been scrutinized, dissected, criticized and sexualized throughout history. Not only have women’s bodies been the site of control, but the study of women’s bodies in sports, fashion and the media have often been pushed to the margins because traditional scholarship has favored issues pertaining to men. As the field of women’s bodies continues to expand, there remain many unexplored territories. As Kimberl Crenshaw (1994) proposes, there is a need for more intersectionality in the scholarship. Crenshaw’s explains intersectionality as “not really concerned with shallow questions of identity and representation but … more interested in the deep structural and systemic questions about discrimination and inequality.” The scholarship on the female body has historically been focused on the white woman’s experience. This field needs to move towards providing interdisciplinary perspectives of women’s lived bodily experiences. Within the groups of the ‘oppressed’ there are both the oppressed and oppressors that perpetuate the very system that they fight against. Scholars must acknowledge this privilege and explore how race, ethnicity, class and size come into play in regards to the female body. Future studies in these areas will be particularly enlightening for feminist theories of the body.