Listening to My Body

By Rahel Wasserfall

Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media), April 2009

Wasserfall reflects on her experience of aging and how the Western cultural construct of seeing our relationship with our bodies as a fight robs us of an opportunity to learn to listen to our bodies as they age. As an anthropologist, she studied the ways in which women experienced their changing bodies in a culture where roles and norms circumscribe women to motherhood. Ultimately, she writes, the power of our embodied selves as cultural constructs can't supersede the notion that our bodies are more than repositories of contemporary culture.

Topic: Stereotypes, Body, Ritual, Culture, Aging, Women, Elderly

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.39/no.659

Page Number(s): 12-13

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Israel , United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Wasserfall, Rahel. Listening to My Body. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media). April 2009: 12-13. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=7388


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