On Bodies, Rhinestones and Pleasures: women teaching managers

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Management Learning, 2005, 36 (3), pp. 317 - 333
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In this article I review what kinds oj emotions might be Jelt lJy women who are teaching managers. I counterpoise arguments that women's bodies are over-determined as motherly or lacking in masculinity, and therefore lack embodied authority, so leading to Jeelings oj inadequacy, Jear, and anxiety with the view that there are spaces, modes and moments when women can exceed, or interrupt these interpolations to produce most pleasurable relations. As a way into the debates, I examine ideas drawn Jrom women \. studies on the emotions associated with pleasure-pleasure specifically based on women's embodied erotics. Arguing that pleasure is not necessarily political resistance, or indeed, unproblematic, I argue that these ideas on pleasure and erotics can be applied to our understanding oj women teaching in the management classroom. I conclude that an acknowledgement oj some oj these pleasures may provide us with a better platform Jor conceptualizing teaching than simply notions oj nurturance, learner-centred ness or disembodied rationality.
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