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Anderson, Cameron, Oliver P. John, and Dacher Keltner. “The personal sense of power.”Journal of Personality 80.2 (2012): 313-344.

The authors of this article explore power based on the concept of a personal sense of authority. The idea is different because many scholars have often tended to concentrate on the psychological effects of power dynamics. Therefore, the authors showed that there exists a sense of personal power in people, especially those in either long term or short term relationships. The study found that personal sense of control is vested in the social context, whereby people who believe that they can get their way in the relationship also hold the perception that they can influence others in the relation.

Therefore, the article poses a great argument because it is indeed evident from Butler’s Bloodchild that some personal power exists as seen from the interaction between T’Gatoi and Lien. Hence, I plan to use this source to support my argument that even the closest or long-term relationships can be affected by power dynamics. However, the article has one shortcoming; it does not address how in a long term relationship individuals’ sense of power may change when their status rises or drops. Such a notion would be useful in comparing Lien’s relationship with T’Gatoi before and after the latter rose in position. However, I intend on using the quotes; “power is a person’s ability to influence people” and “individuals’ beliefs about humankind’s control over occurrences might bring about the certainty that people regulate their outcomes.”

Holloway, Karla FC. Private bodies, public texts: Race, gender, and a cultural bioethics. Duke University Press, 2011.

Holloway’s book in chapter one deals exclusively with Octavia Butler’s Bloodchild. In the section, Holloway probes the contemporary issues in reproduction and especially in connection to how women’s bodies have been made available for public inquiry. The author indicates that a woman’s (or any other person for that matter) body should be respected as per the right for privacy rule. She also ventures into showing how Butler explores sexuality in her works by depicting the process of birth between humans and aliens. Through it, the quote “pregnant man story” is inferred in line with a topic in feminism and power.

Holloway’s book is captivating, and the chapter dedicated to Bloodchild offers valuable insights into the concept of bodily analogy. Hence, I intend to use it to connect the idea of one’s right to his or her body as lacking in Bloodchild. The quotes, “the circumstance of the people in this short narrative – are they willing partakers or drugged into compliance?” will be used.

Melzer, Patricia. Alien Constructions: Science fiction and feminist thought. University of Texas Press, 2010.

Mezler deals with the most prevalent discourses in feminism literature, alien constructions. She examines different works by female authors who delve into breaking the stereotyped society on sexual difference. In her second chapter of the book, Mezler explores Octavia Butler’s works and shows how they related to feminist theories interested in the idea of identity as the core of differences and not similarity. In so doing, Mezler acknowledged that Butler does indeed apply some feminist touch to her work by reversing gender roles.

The book’s chapter on Butler is overwhelming because it clearly shows how gender about sexual difference and desire to be free is reflected in Bloodchild. Although the book deviates at times from Butler’s focus, I intend on using it to connect feminism and power in Bloodchild. Given this, the quote “Octavia Butler identifies gender construction concerning aspects such as race, class, and the desire to find depictions that resembles people’s familiarities” will be used.

Works Cited

Anderson, Cameron, Oliver P. John, and Dacher Keltner. “The personal sense of power.” Journal of Personality 80.2 (2012): 313-344.

Holloway, Karla FC. Private bodies, public texts: Race, gender, and a cultural bioethics.            Duke University Press, 2011.

Melzer, Patricia. Alien Constructions: Science fiction and feminist thought. University of Texas Press, 2010.

 

 

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