French philosopher Hélène Cixous (1976) stressed the importance of feminine writing. She believes that women should take part in sharing their experiences from their own novel points-of-view. We discuss that while pregnancy is an experience unique to women; it has been misappropriated by patriarchal structures throughout the years. The pregnancy bump; which is more than just evidence of the uterus stretching to accommodate the fetus; is a symbol of a woman's triumphs and struggles all throughout conception; pregnancy and childbirth. We show that women have already gone beyond the bump and challenged existing patriarchal systems through different means; as Cixous has enjoined women to do. With this; it is asserted that the philosophy of pregnancy be reconceived as well; in order to escape existing boundaries that constrict the discourse to ethical issues of rape; abortion; and medical interventions; making it face issues that surround women's experience of pregnancy; as well as deeper meanings the pregnant body itself represents.
Biana, H., Garcia, L. d., & Albano, N. M. (2021). Beyond the bump: Reconceiving the philosophy of pregnancy. Philosophia (Philippines) International Journal of Philosophy, 22(1), 19-34. doi.org/10.46992/pijp.22.1.a.2