Elizabeth Grosz discusses the Möbius strip metaphor in Volatile Bodies: Towards a Corporeal Feminism, implying that bodies are constituted by cultural and linguistic forces that move from the outside in and from the inside out. Subjectivity, according to Grosz, is a modality that, like the surface of a Möbius strip, shifts from interiority to exteriority continuously. Grosz thinks of the Möbius strip as a way to think about the body as a historical and cultural product that comes from the interaction of physical and psychic, or outside and inside, inscriptions.
In her book Feminism and Geography: the Limits of Geographical Knowledge, British geographer Gillian Rose proposes the metaphor of paradoxical space to explain how women feel confined in space while being perceived to be in multiple social spaces at the same time. 32 In order to consider the ways women, in particular, enter these liminal spaces, Rose defines paradoxical space as a phenomenon in which someone is positioned within a clash of two or more cultures or belief systems.
This Secretive exuberance
In her cyclical making
A mysterious exuberance, occupied with speculations
Confined with possibilities
Her eyes open to wonders
As a dream come to reality
And reality to a dream