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House and Home: <sup>*</sup>

Iris Marion Young

in On Female Body Experience

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780195161922
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786664 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195161920.003.0008

Series: Studies in Feminist Philosophy

 House and Home:  *

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This essay explores the ambivalence of the values of house and home. It agrees with feminist critics such as Luce Irigaray and Simone de Beauvoir that the comforts and supports of house and home historically come at women’s expense. Women serve, nurture, and maintain so that the bodies and souls of men and children gain confidence and expansive subjectivity to make their mark on the world. However, this homey role also deprives women of support for their own identity and projects. The essay challenges a group of feminist texts whose writers all reject the idea of the home as inappropriately totalizing and imperialist, questioning the wholesale rejection of an ideal of the home for feminism.

Keywords: women; home; housekeeping; feminism; subjectivity; identity; Luce Irigaray; Simone de Beauvoir

Chapter.  15214 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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