Despite attempts to consolidate traditional gender roles in both Kaiserreich and Weimar population policies, gender boundaries became blurred and gender hierarchies disturbed. Essential elite prescriptions for women provided a discursive space for resistance that was vital for their struggles to gain a wider public role and a political voice. This chapter examines how individual women experienced their embodies selves and how they maneuvered the body as an intermediary between self and society and self and partner or husband. However, the trajectory of women's increased agency proved to be always highly contested and often contradictory.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGeschlechter(un)ordnung und Politik in der Weimarer Republik
EditorsGabriele Metzler, Dirk Schumann
Place of PublicationBonn
Pages109-134
Number of pages25
StatePublished - Dec 2016

Publication series

NameSchriften der Stiftung Reichspräsident-Friedrich -Ebert-Gedenkstätte
PublisherDietz
Volume16

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