Journal of Bioethical Inquiry

, Volume 13, Issue 4, pp 507–514 | Cite as

De-Privatizing Self-Harm: Remembering the Social Self in How to Forget

  • Theodora DanylevichEmail author
Symposium: Composing Disability


This article reads Malu De Martino’s 2010 film Como Esqueçer (How to Forget) as a case study in self-harm as a mode of expression and self-inquiry. Drawing on disability and queer theory, psychoanalysis, and sociology of medicine, the author argues that How to Forget charts a “crip” epistemology of self-harm and theorizes a “social self.” That is to say, the film models an orientation towards self-harm that offers a coalitional and social therapeutic understanding. Based on this reading, the author suggests the application of practices of knowing-with, or knowing-in-relation as “cripistemology” to a broader therapeutic, research, and lay context.


Body studies Critical health studies Medical sociology Self-harm Skin ego 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EnglishThe George Washington UniversityWashingtonUSA

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