Ashley Mannes

Gendering the Organs of Expression

Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, famous for penning the novel Don Quixote, was once quoted saying, “The stomach carries the heart, and not the heart the stomach.” Here, Cervantes toys with language and a word’s ability to have multiple meanings. In this post I am specifically referring to the way in which we use organs of the body to express a feeling and paint a picture in order to help us conceptualize our “inner” experiences.