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Split Decisions: How and Why to Take a Break from Feminism
     

Split Decisions: How and Why to Take a Break from Feminism

by Janet Halley
 

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ISBN-10: 0691136327

ISBN-13: 2900691136324

Pub. Date: 04/01/2008

Publisher: Princeton University Press

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

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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.

About the Author:
Janet Halley is the Royall Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where she teaches family law, comparative family law, discrimination law, the legal regulation of sexuality, and legal theory. She is the author of Don't: A Reader's Guide to Military Anti-Gay Policy and, with Wendy Brown, coeditor of Left Legalism/Left Critique

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900691136324
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
424

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     xi
Taking a Break from Feminism
The Argument     3
My Complete and Total Lack of Objectivity     11
Taxonomies and Terms     16
m/f, m > f, and Carrying a Brief for f     17
Governance Feminism     20
Feminism, Sexual and Reproductive     22
A Sex Lexicon     23
Convergentism and Divergentism     25
A Story of Sexual-Subordination Feminism and Its Others     27
Liberation and Responsibility     31
The Political/Theoretical Struggle over Taking a Break
Before the Break: Some Feminist Priors     41
Power Feminism     41
Catharine A. MacKinnon, Early and Late     41
Cultural Feminism     58
Robin West, Caring for Justice     60
MacKinnon/West     76
Liberal Feminism     79
Convergentist and Divergentist Hybrid Feminism     81
The Combahee River Collective Statement     82
The Combahee River Collective Statement/ The Combahee River Collective Statement
Gayatri Spivak, "Can the Subaltern Speak?"     91
MacKinnon/West/Combahee River Collective/Spivak     102
The Break     106
Gay Identity/Feminism/Queer Theory     107
Gayle Rubin, "Thinking Sex"     114
Receiving French Social Theory     119
Michel Foucault, Volume One     119
Foucault/Mackinnon/West/Gay Identity Politics     124
The Split, from Feminism and within It     132
Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Epistemology of the Closet     133
Judith Butler, Gender Trouble     136
Butler/Mackinnon     139
Butler, "Imitation"     140
Rubin, "Interview"     146
Feminism from Its Outside: Queer Theory by Men     150
Leo Bersani, "Is the Rectum a Grave?"     151
Bersani/Taking a Break     165
Duncan Kennedy, "Sexy Dressing"     167
Kennedy/Taking a Break     181
Feminism and Its Others     187
Feminist "Paralysis"     187
Paranoid Structuralism and the Moralized Mandate to Converge     188
An Experiment in Political Stylistics (do try this at home)     192
1990-2000: From Political to Ethical Feminism     207
Marianne Hirsch and Evelyn Fox Keller, Conflicts in Feminism, and Elisabeth Bronfen and Misha Kavka, Feminist Consequences     208
1990-95: Getting to Deadlock     221
Judith Butler and Joan W. Scott, Feminists Theorize the Political, and Seyla Benhabib et al., Feminist Contentions     221
Around 1993: Mapping Feminism and Queer Theory     227
Henry Abelove, Michele Aina Barale, and David M. Halperin, The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader     228
Sedgwick, Tendencies, and Michael Warner, Fear of a Queer Planet     230
Mackinnon/Spivak/Warner/Sedgwick     237
Elizabeth Weed and Naomi Schor, feminism meets queer theory     244
1998: Trans Theory Splits While Staying in Place     260
Jay Prosser, Second Skins     261
Prosser/Butler/Rubin     273
How and Why to Take a Break from Feminism
Taking a Break to Decide (I)     283
The Costs of "Making Difference Costless"     285
Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services     290
The Costs and Benefits of Taking a Break from Feminism     304
The Costs     304
Getting Rid of Feminism     304
Silencing Women     306
Flight from Feminism, Imagined as Limits, to the "Queer Utopia," Imagined as Libertine, Unbounded or Libertarian     308
Definitional Violence; the Foreclosure of Critique; and the Reinscription of Heterosexism in Queer Theory     309
Reifying Mere Terminology     312
Matricide, Misogyny, and Male Identification     312
Weakening Feminism and So Harming Real Women     316
The Benefits     319
Breaking with the Politics of Injury/Seeing around Corners of Our Own Construction     319
Seeing the Brain Drain as a Good Thing     340
Resisting Bad Faith     341
Minimizing Moral Perfectionism and Magic Realism     344
Deconstituting Women's Suffering     345
Taking a Break to Decide (II)     348
Twyman v. Twyman     348
Notes     365
Index     391

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