Essay on Feminism and the Neurological Body by Elizabeth Wilson

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Final: Effects of Studying the Microstructure of Human Biology on How We View Human Bodies In her essay on “Psychosomatic: Feminism and the Neurological Body,” Elizabeth Wilson addresses the role of science in the feminist theory and gender studies by arguing that "sustained interest in biological detail will have a reorganizing effect on feminist theories of the body." In her argument, Wilson attests that studying the microstructure of our bodies could lead us to explaining, or otherwise rethinking, how we see or understand in what way the human bodies function. One cannot help but notice substance in her argument. The role of biology in the development of one’s body is a controversial issue and has generated much polemical debate in…show more content…
It is surely not uncommon to see people carry around different kinds of disinfectant sprays and other chemical products in order to reduce the amount of bacteria and germs on their skin and in their body. However, the fact is that distal human intestine represents “an anaerobic bioreactor programmed with an enormous population of bacteria.” The study was conducted in order to assess the influence of microbiota on the energy storage in mice raised without exposure to any microorganisms compared to the control group that had acquired a microbiota since birth. The study showed that the control group of mice acquired 40% more total body fat than their germ free counterparts, despite the fact that the control group consumed less food per day. This came as a result of microbiota that provide us with genetic and metabolic attributes we have not acquired in our own evolutionary process, such as the ability to harvest otherwise inaccessible nutrients. Coming back to Elizabeth Willson’s contention, study of the microstructure, in this case the gut microbiota, has had a reorganizing effect on how we view our bodies and forced us put greater value to the role of microorganisms in our own survival. It is clear that the role of the gut bacteria to our fitness cannot be underestimated; however, one may argue that complexity of this topic still does not reform our
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