In rethinking the ‘normal’ these essays show how feminist phenomenology is not just still relevant, but is more critical than ever for understanding gendered relations. Addressing contemporary issues such as the #MeToo Movement, the existential damage of school shootings, and experiences of intersectionality, as well as key theoretical questions, the authors define the field.
Shabot and Landry’s collection moves our conception of feminist phenomenology forward in important ways. It takes us from the second sex to becoming-woman, from essentializing to possibilizing, intersubjectivity to intersectionality, the situated woman to the distressed body, oppression to generosity, injustice to moral impartiality, the autonomy of mental faculties to empathetic intimations, murderous flesh to care of and for the body, bounded to carnal intercorporeality, existential damage to feminist self-defense, singular to complex embodiment, and from anonymous individuals to collective spectatorship. These transitions mark the end of the normalized phenomenological subject and the arrival of a new phenomenology founded on gendered and multi-faceted cognition, mobility, sensation, and affective life.