Fetishism and hysteria: The economies of feminism ex utero

Susan Squier

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Laurie Foos's feminist novel Ex Utero is a comic exploration of the value of the uterus. Simultaneously recursive and resistant, Foos's novel reenacts, with a difference, two confining essentialisms: hysteria, a female disorder, and fetishism, whether understood as the psychosexual response to female lack, or as capitalism's motor, the displacement of desire onto commodities. The essay explores how, if we think of the womb neither as individual possession or commodified object, we can create a new space of possibility for women at the end of the millennium.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-69
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Medical Humanities
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy


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