chapter  7
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Keeping an Untidy House: A Disjointed Paper About Academic Space, Work and Bodies

Erica: For my European grandmother’s generation, untidiness ranked with tardiness or sloth as qualities most unbecoming a woman. To be a middle-class woman was to aspire to being a lady, and to be a lady was to tidy away the unsightly and unsavoury, the embarrassingly biological, the socially unpardonable. From bodily functions to living spaces, women worked like euphemisms, covering over multitudes of unmentionables with damasks of decency.