Embodied Resistance – Girls Who Break the Norms – Tonight on Holy Hormones Honey!

August 29, 2011. If you are a parent mystified by your daughter’s behavior listen to Holy Hormones Honey! tonight 6 to 7 pm MST on krfcfm.org. Chris Bobel, author of Embodied Resistance Challenging the Norms, Breaking the Rules – engages the rich and complex range of society’s contemporary “body outlaws”–people who violate norms about the private, the repellent, or the forbidden. Bobel covers tattoos, piercings, controlled anorexics, obesity, ‘cutters,’ and the issues expressed by women who engage in these behaviors.

Table of Contents


Foreword – Rose Weitz

Introduction – Chris Bobel and Samantha Kwan

Rewriting Gender Scripts

The Specter of Excess: Race, Class, and Gender in Women’s Body Hair Narratives – Breanne Fahs and Denise A. Delgado

“Is That Any Way to Treat a Lady?”: The Dominatrix’s Dungeon – Danielle J. Lindemann

“Cruisin’ for a Bruisin'”: Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby – Natalie M. Peluso

Becoming a Female-to-Male Transgender (FTM) in South Korea – Tari Youngjung Na and Hae Yeon Choo

Living Resistance: From Rapunzel to G.I. Jane – Samantha Binford

Living Resistance: Funnel as Phallus – Sara L. Crawley

Challenging Marginalization

“Give Me a Boa and Some Bling!”: Red Hat Society Members Commanding Visibility in the Public Sphere – M. Elise Radina, Lydia K. Manning, Marybeth C. Stalp, and Annette Lynch

Fat. Hairy. Sexy: Contesting Standards of Beauty and Sexuality in the Gay Community – Nathaniel C. Pyle and Noa Logan Klein

Belly Dancing Mommas: Challenging Cultural Discourses of Maternity – Angela M. Moe

“It’s Important to Show Your Colors”: Counter-Heteronormativity in a Metropolitan Community Church – J. Edward Sumerau and Douglas P. Schrock

Living Resistance: An Accidental Education – Hanne Blank

Living Resistance: The Pickup – Catherine Bergart

Defying Authoritative Knowledges and Conventional Wisdom

Anorexia as a Choice: Constructing a New Community of Health and Beauty through Pro-Ana Websites – Abigail Richardson and Elizabeth Cherry

Public Mothers and Private Practices: Breastfeeding as Transgression – Jennifer A. Reich

“It’s Hard to Say”: Moving Beyond the Mystery of Female Genital Pain – Christine Labuski

“What I Had to Do to Survive”: Self-Injurers’ Bodily Emotion Work – Margaret Leaf and Douglas P. Schrock

Living Resistance: Intersex?: Not My Problem – Esther Morris Leidolf

Living Resistance: Doula-Assisted Childbirth: Helping Her Birth Her Way – Angela Horn

Negotiating Boundaries and Meanings

The Politics of the Stall: Transgender and Genderqueer Workers Negotiating “the Bathroom Question” – Catherine Connell

The Everyday Resistance of Vegetarianism – Samantha Kwan and Louise Marie Roth

Menopausal and Misbehaving: When Women “Flash” in Front of Others – Heather E. Dillaway

The Transformation of Bodily Practices among Religious Defectors – Lynn Davidman

Living Resistance: Crossing the Menstrual Line – David Linton

Living Resistance: Myself, Covered – Beverly Yuen Thompson



Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.