Martin S. Weinberg + Colin J. Williams, Bloomington, IN (U.S.A.):
Gender, Sexual Orientation, and Body BoundariesThis paper examines what Inglis (2000) refers to as the “faecal habitus”- the set of cultural dispositions that interprets and organizes the bodily elimination of fecal matter. We show how aspects of the social context are “embodied” (Turner, 2000) in four groups of participants - heterosexual women and men and non-heterosexual women and men. In this way, we show how gender and sexual orientation mediate the operation of the habitus. The fecal habitus is also shown to have force through the various efforts participants make to honor its dispositions by attempting to control the assault on the senses that feces can provide. Scholarly contributions are made by empirically demonstrating how even the most private experiences of corporeality are socially mediated by differences in the use of culture according to gender and sexual orientation. .
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