Feminism and Postmodernism (A Boundary 2 Book) by Margaret Ferguson

By Margaret Ferguson

This choice of essays explores the numerous agreements and tensions among modern feminist and postmodern theories and practices. Having introduced huge, immense alterations to conceptions of the physique, id, and the media, postmodernity compels the rethinking of many feminist different types, together with lady event, the self, and the thought that "the own is political." Feminist research has been both very important, even though now not constantly both said, as a strength inside postmodernism. Feminist writings on subjectivity, grasp narratives, and the socioeconomic underpinnings of the grasp narrative of thought itself were rather influential. This quantity lines the crossings and mutual interrogations of those traditions into the arenas of cultural creation, criminal discourse, and philosophical thought.Multidisciplinary and foreign of their collective concentration, the essays diversity from a learn of Madonna as an Italian American girl who's revising the cultural meanings of an ethnic feminism to a different interview with Mairead Keane, the nationwide head of the Women’s division of the Irish political occasion Sinn Fein. Turning the prism of postmodern feminism onto such different cultural items as literary and literary serious texts, modern movie, and tune, those essays intrude in debates relating to know-how, sexuality, and politics. tough glossy feminisms to articulate their inescapable relation to postmodern society, this extended version of a unique factor of boundary 2 additionally explores ways that feminism can paintings because the innovative of a world postmodernism.Contributors. Salwa Bakr, Claire Detels, Margaret Ferguson, Carla Freccero, Marjorie Garber, Barbara Harlow, Laura E. Lyons, Anne McClintock, Toril Moi, Linda Nicholson, Mary Poovey, Andrew Ross, David Simpson, Kathyrn Bond Stockton, Jennifer Wicke

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10 If work or labor fixes and articulates class, then, MacKinnonclaims, sex fixes gender, and she means sex in the literalsense-work is extracted or taken from you as a worker, and sex is extorted or taken from you if you are a woman. The mere existence of, let's say, a heterosexual pornographic text in an empty locked room is nonetheless a violation of women as a class. In MacKinnon'sview, pornographyis the name for,and the literal site of, the gender hierarchyobtaining between men and women in society.

I also want to argue, however, that behind the fear that is displaced by the blame is a structuralcontradiction withinthe liberal,democratic version of humanism, made visible by the changes we call postmodernism, that renders all psychological responses inadequate to the problem at hand. S. society are psychological signals a failure of the political. I will also propose that some kindof politicalresuscitationof feminism is necessary to analyze this contradictionand to define the changes that are now bringingit to light.

To explain this role more fully, let me return for a moment to the legal assumption that the St. Also theoretically,this coherent person exists before she or he is recognized by the law and in spite of sex, color, or class; the law claims simply to reflect the reality that exists outside it. "16In practice, this means that what counts as reasonable, coherent, and moral is a function of the categories the law creates. It also means that what counts as a reasonable, coherent, and moralsubject-the individualupon whom the law confers personhood-is a function of the categories the law uses to define coherence.

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