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Section 16 Course Description

Course Name: Embodied Resistance 
Section 16
Instructor: Avery Tompkins

We each have a physical body that we inhabit and attend to every day. The dominant narrative in the U.S. is that the body is a natural or biological entity, as opposed to something social. But what happens when we consider the body to be more than a conglomeration of biological processes, tissues, and cells? What changes when we consider the body to be part of the social realm, infused with cultural meaning, constructing and constructed by social norms, and capable of resisting norms as well?  

This section of FYRS focuses on the body as a political site of resistance, where the biological meets the social in relation to rule-breaking.  We will examine intersectional narratives about the body that are often considered to be inappropriate, private, unpopular, and undisciplined.  Given this, students should be open to intellectually discussing a variety of topics related to the body, including, but not limited to: food/eating, body hair, menstruation, pregnancy, tattoos and body modification, bathrooms, race, religion, gender, and sexuality.