The Plate is Political

A Foucauldian Analysis of Anorexia Nervosa

  • Grace Weber


In this paper, I investigate why anorexia nervosa emerged in non-Western nations after Western globalization efforts. Using Simone de Beauvoir’s theory of gender from The Second Sex alongside Michel Foucault’s conceptualization of the “docile body,” I argue that the emergence of anorexia nervosa in non-Western nations reflects the Western sovereign’s subordination of women. While patriarchal oppression is not exclusive to the West, I contend that the political ideology behind Western industrialization has allowed new avenues for patriarchal oppression to permeate. To conclude, I demand that mainstream discourse on anorexia nervosa consider the political conditions which are catalytic to its occurrence.

How to Cite
Weber, G. (2021). The Plate is Political: A Foucauldian Analysis of Anorexia Nervosa. Stance: An International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal, 14(1), 13-25.