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The Speculum of Ignorance: The Women's Health Movement and Epistemologies of Ignorance

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  25 March 2020

Abstract

This essay aims to clarify the value of developing systematic studies of ignorance as a component of any robust theory of knowledge. The author employs feminist efforts to recover and create knowledge of women's bodies in the contemporary women's health movement as a case study for cataloging different types of ignorance and shedding light on the nature of their production. She also helps us understand the ways resistance movements can be a helpful site for understanding how to identify, critique, and transform ignorance.

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Copyright © 2006 by Hypatia, Inc.

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