Split Decisions How and Why to Take a Break from Feminism

ISBN-10: 0691136327
ISBN-13: 9780691136325
Edition: 2008
Authors: Janet Halley
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List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 4/21/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 424
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Is it time to take a break from feminism? In this pathbreaking book, Janet Halley reassesses the place of feminism in the law and politics of sexuality. She argues that sexuality involves deeply contested and clashing realities and interests, and that feminism helps us understand only some of them. To see crucial dimensions of sexuality that feminism does not reveal--the interests of gays and lesbians to be sure, but also those of men, and of constituencies and values beyond the realm of sex and gender--we might need to take a break from feminism. Halley also invites feminism to abandon its uncritical relationship to its own power. Feminists are, in many areas of social and political life, partners in governance. To govern responsibly, even on behalf of women, Halley urges, feminists should try taking a break from their own presuppositions. Halley offers a genealogy of various feminisms and of gay, queer, and trans theories as they split from each other in the United States during the 1980s and 1990s. All these incommensurate theories, she argues, enrich thinking on the left not despite their break from each other but because of it. She concludes by examining legal cases to show how taking a break from feminism can change your very perceptions of what's at stake in a decision and liberate you to decide it anew.

Acknowledgments
Taking a Break from Feminism The Argument
My Complete and Total Lack of Objectivity
Taxonomies and Terms
m/f, m ??f, and Carrying a Brief for f
Governance Feminism
Feminism, Sexual and Reproductive
A Sex Lexicon
Convergentism and Divergentism
A Story of Sexual-Subordination Feminism and Its Others
Liberation and Responsibility
The Political/Theoretical Struggle over Taking a Break Before the Break: Some Feminist Priors
Power Feminism
Catharine A. MacKinnon, Early and Late
Cultural Feminism
Robin West, Caring for Justice
Mackinnon/West
Liberal Feminism
Convergentist and Divergentist Hybrid Feminism The Combahee River Collective Statement
The Combahee River Collective Statement/The Combahee River Collective Statement
Gayatri Spivak, "Can the Subaltern Speak?"
Mackinnon/West/Combahee River Collective/Spivak
The Break
Gay Identity/Feminism/Queer Theory
Gayle Rubin, "Thinking Sex"
Receiving French Social Theory
Michel Foucault, Volume One
Foucault/Mackinnon/West/Gay Identity Politics
The Split, from Feminism and within It
Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Epistemology of the Closet
Judith Butler, Gender Trouble
Butler/Mackinnon
Butler, "Imitation"
Rubin, "Interview"
Feminism from Its Outside: Queer Theory by Men
Leo Bersani, "Is the Rectum a Grave?"
Bersani/Taking A Break
Duncan Kennedy, "Sexy Dressing"
Kennedy/Taking A Break
Feminism and Its Others
Feminist "Paralysis"
Paranoid Structuralism and the Moralized Mandate to Converge
An Experiment in Political Stylistics (do try this at home)
1990-2000: From Political to Ethical Feminism
Marianne Hirsch, Evelyn Fox Keller, Conflicts in Feminism
1990-95: Getting to Deadlock
Judith Butler, Joan W. Scott, Feminists Theorize the Political, Seyla Benhabib et al., Feminist Contentions
Around 1993: Mapping Feminism and Queer Theory
Henry Abelove, Miche`le Aina Barale,David M. Halperin, The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader
Sedgwick, Tendencies, Michael Warner, Fear of a Queer Planet
Mackinnon/Spivak/Warner/Sedgwick
Elizabeth Weed and Naomi Schor, feminism meets queer theory
1998: Trans Theory Splits While Staying in Place
Jay Prosser, Second Skins
Prosser/Butler/Rubin
How and Why to Take a Break from Feminism Taking a Break to Decide (I)
The Costs of "Making Difference Costless"
Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services
The Costs and Benefits of Taking a Break from Feminism
The Costs
Getting Rid of Feminism
Silencing Women
Flight from Feminism, Imagined as Limits, to the "Queer Utopia," Imagined as Libertine, Unbounded or Libertarian
Definitional Violence; the Foreclosure of Critique; and the Reinscription of Heterosexism in Queer Theory
Reifying Mere Terminology
Matricide, Misogyny, and Male Identification
Weakening Feminism and So Harming Real Women
The Benefits
Breaking with the Politics of Injury/Seeing around Corners of Our Own Construction
Seeing the Brain Drain as a Good Thing
Resisting Bad Faith
Minimizing Moral Perfectionism and Magic Realism
Deconstituting Women's Suffering
Taking a Break to Decide (II)
Twyman v. Twyman
Notes
Index

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