Deleuze and the Body Without Organs – Disreading the Fit Feminine Identity
This article examines the possibilities for resistant feminine body identity through the lens of Deleuzian feminism. To do this, the author relies on Deleuze’s critique of philosophical thought that constructs identity as a series of dichotomous oppositions. According to Deleuze, this process takes place within three dominant strata — organism, significance, and subjectification — that limit the creative potential of theorizing bodily identity. The author further examines Deleuze’s alternative, positive approach to dis-reading bodily identity through such concepts as plane of consistency, assemblange, and the Body without Organs. Finally, the author aims to illustrate the usefulness of Deleuzian philosophy to researchers of sport and exercise through an application into women’s fitness practices. More specifically, the author analyzes how Pilates, asaset of exercise practices, might assist in a creation of a Body without Organs.