chapter  10
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Exposed Methodology: The Body as a Deconstructive Practice

ByWanda S.Pillow

During my research, I spent almost every day in classrooms with young women whose bodies were continually changing and changedpre-and postpregnancy swelling, stretching, widening, lactating. Our bodies provided a place and space from which we talked, shared experiences, and gained confidences. As I attempted to write stories and representations of the girls,1 I repeatedly turned and returned to the body-to our bodies. Henrietta Moore (1994) states that feminist scholars have been “struggling with the question of how or to what degree women might be the same or similar without being identical. What is it, if anything, that we share” (p. 1)? What seemed shared, common with difference, across the girls and myself, were our bodies, their reproductive capacities, and the interests in such by the state.