The Body as a Locus for Control

It is important to note that whether it is through religious means or governmental control, the body in theoretical as well as physical means has served as a locus for control for the religious as well as governmental bodies.  For example, in The Theology of the Body: A New Look at Human Viate states that in order to understand God’s plan for us we must first understand how “God has created us to transcend ourselves, that is realized through the body as we learn to lose it through mutual surrender” (Miller 505).    However, from a feminist perspective this article reads poorly.  Miller further emphasizes that in order for a woman and a man together they must be united as one whole entity under the trinity of the father, son and holy spirit.  However, in Miller’s article it would appear that the woman is seen as something more disposable than useful.  There is no real equity on the behalf of the woman.  In order for her to become one with man she must “lose herself,” and from a feminist perspective this can imply her voice.  As Miller states the woman must “offer herself as a gift to man,” (Miller 506).    In this case Biblical reference is used to justify the idea that women are somehow incomplete without man.

An additional, ,idea of power and the bodies as a locus of control, which is explored in our readings is reflected inside of the article, “An Instrument of Genocide.”   In this article the governmental body one that has used their influence to target minorities and those who they deemed unfit for reproduction and the use of their bodies for reproductive purposes.  The common theme of the body between the two above articles indicates a prevalent idea that in order to be relevant one must use their body for a higher purposes.  The themes which play a significant factor are race and gender.  In order to for a woman to be validated  they must be some how united and eternally unionized with man in mind, body and spirit which the woman as a “gift,” rather than an active participant.

In terms of race, the government or “Big Brother,” specifically the Planned Parenthood entities pressured African Americans in communities to use the controversial methods of sterilization.  However, the Black Panthers and the Nation of Islam criticized these programs stating that they failed to address the larger issues in the black community such as poverty and hunger.    (Nelson 89).  There seems to be a discrepancy in how women are validated and how the religious influence on God, race and ones body are tied to the racist, reproductive controls by the federal government through their sterilization programs.  It is sad to know that if you can’t trust the government, then who can one trust?

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