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ERIC Number: EJ828521
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0033-5630
Reshaping the "Pillow Angel": Plastic Bodies and the Rhetoric of Normal Surgical Solutions
Jordan, John W.
Quarterly Journal of Speech, v95 n1 p20-42 Feb 2009
This essay uses the controversial "Ashley Treatment" to argue that normative body rhetorics have become untethered from and more influential than traditional medical perspectives in determinations about surgical intervention. While disagreeing greatly over the ethics of the "Treatment," both its supporters and critics construct rhetorics of a "healthy" body against which pre- and post-Treatment bodies can be evaluated. These rhetorics demonstrate how "health" and "illness" can be defined more through social ideology than medical certainty, resulting in fluid notions of what it means to have a "normal" body and how surgical techniques should be employed to achieve normality. (Contains 84 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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