Volume 11, Issue 1, Summer 2004
Feminist Apporoaches to the Body
Susanne Gannon, Babette Müller-Rockstroh
Women’s experiences of (dangerous) breasts
Women’s embodied memories of “Dangerous Breasts”, generated as part of a wider collective memory project on women’s breasts, I
construct women as always at risk of our bodies turning against us. We trace through memory stories how we inscribe our bodies as “dangerous” through practices involving silence, fear, surveillance and diagnosis. We examine how regimes directed at the prevention and treatment of breast cancer serve, in our memories, to increase anxiety and distance us from our bodies and any sense of agency.