Kumakalam na Sikmura: Hunger as Filipino Women’s Awakening to Ecofeminist Consciousness
In the Philippines, the vernacular kumakalam na sikmura (literally translated as “gnawing of the stomach”) is used as an image of hunger, a profound experiential event. Hunger as an embodied experience highlights the reciprocity of the body and the world, and the vulnerability of our embodiment is precisely the thread that weaves our embodied experiences together. The body in pain articulated by kumakalam na sikmura in turn becomes a foundational moral experience that will help frame an ecofeminist praxis responsive to issues surrounding women and nature.
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