The Laugh of the Medusa (1975)

1946-1989, Date, History/Theory, Subjectives of Refusal, Theory, Women

In her 1975 feminist critique, French author Helen Cixous offers women an ultimatum which demands that they either interpret and utilize the bodily expressions that society has accepted for them and remain trapped in their bodies, or find a new way of expression that liberates them by allowing them to use their bodies to truly communicate. In Cixous’s imagination, written and physical expressions are means by which women can empower and liberate themselves.

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