The Hydrofemme: Or, On Becoming a Body of Water

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Neimanis, Astrida “Hydrofeminism, Or On Becoming a Body of Water” in Undutiful Daughters: Mobilizing Future Concepts, Bodies and Subjectivities in Feminist Thought and Practice, eds. Henriette Gunkel, Chrysanthi Nigianni and Fanny Söderbäck. (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), pp. 85-100.



“Not only does water connect us, gestate us, sustain us—more than this, water disturbs the very categories that ground the domains of social, political, philosophical, and environmental thought, and those of feminist theory and practice as well. Thinking about our selves and our broader communities as watery can thus unmoor us in productive (albeit sometimes risky) ways. We are set adrift in the space-time between our certainties, between the various outcrops we cling to for security. It is here, in the borderzones of what is comfortable, of what is perhaps even livable, 44 that we can open to alterity—to other bodies, other ways of being and acting in the world-in the simultaneous recognition that this alterity also flows through us. “

Hydro | Logics:

“Surely, the watery body is no mere metaphor. The intelligibility of any aqueous metaphor depends entirely upon the real waters that sustain not only material bodies, but material language, too.”


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