On Becoming Food

Authors

  • Lauren Paremoer University of Cape Town

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.25159/2412-8457/7414

Keywords:

feminism, social determinants of health, social reproduction, situated knowledges, pregnancy

Abstract

This essay reflects on pregnancy as a process through which women are encouraged to become “good mothers” by “eating well”. It uses nutritional guidelines for pregnant women to explore the way in which pregnant bodies are conceptualised as filtration systems that, through self-discipline, can prevent pollutants in food from reaching the foetus – thereby ensuring foetal health, and ultimately population health. This process risks taming or domesticating the political agency of women under the guise of celebrating them as good mothers.

Published

2021-03-18

How to Cite

Paremoer, L. (2021). On Becoming Food. Gender Questions, 9(1), 10 pages. https://doi.org/10.25159/2412-8457/7414
Received 2020-02-26
Accepted 2020-09-21
Published 2021-03-18