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Reconcilable Differences: Confronting Beauty, Pornography, and the Future of Feminism

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This volume examines controversial faultlines in contemporary feminism—pornography, the beauty myth, sadomasochism, prostitution, and the issue of rape—from an original and provocative perspective. Lynn Chancer focuses on how, among many feminists, the concepts of sex and sexism became fragmented and mutually exclusive. Exploring the dichotomy between sex and sexism as it has developed through five current feminist debates, Chancer seeks to forge positions that bridge oppositions between unnecessary (and ...
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Overview

This volume examines controversial faultlines in contemporary feminism—pornography, the beauty myth, sadomasochism, prostitution, and the issue of rape—from an original and provocative perspective. Lynn Chancer focuses on how, among many feminists, the concepts of sex and sexism became fragmented and mutually exclusive. Exploring the dichotomy between sex and sexism as it has developed through five current feminist debates, Chancer seeks to forge positions that bridge oppositions between unnecessary (and sometimes unwitting) "either/or" binaries. Chancer's book attempts to incorporate both the need for sexual freedom and the depth of sexist subordination into feminist thought and politics.
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Tikkun
For Third Wave feminists to suceed at "filling out feminism" by accomodating the broadest range of views, it will be necessary to avoid strategies that foiled Second Wave feminists' attempts at dialogue and activism across sexual differences. This important task is made easier by the recent publication of feminist sociologist Lynn S. Chancer's new book, Reconciliable Differences. Chancer...argues that the future of feminism depends on a more productive attitude toward difference: "Two things must again become possible for feminists both to disagree from within and to focus on effecting the desperately needed changes that require collective action."...According to Chancer, the split within Second Wave feminism can best be understood as a difference of political emphasis—whether to prioritize "sex" or "sexism." These quickly became positioned as mutually exclusive choices: either to focus on the pursuit of sexual freedom, personal power, and individual pleasure in the midst of a hierarchically organized sexist society, or to be committed to fighting social and structural inequality at the expense of individual sources of pleasure and power.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520209237
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 330
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Sex versus Sexism 1
Pt. 1 Feminist Debates in Contemporary Context
1 Why Split Sex from Sexism? 17
2 A Problem from Within 28
Pt. 2 Five Case Examples
3 Feminist Offensives: Beyond Defending Pornography 61
4 The Beauty Context: Looks, Social Theory, and Feminism 82
5 Prostitution and Feminist Theory: Notes from the Sociological Underground 173
6 Feminism and Sadomasochism: Regarding Sadomasochism in Everyday Life 200
7 Victim Feminism or No Feminism? The Case of Rape 229
Pt. 3 Feminist Futures
8 Beyond Gender versus Class 241
9 Third-Wave Feminisms and Beyond 265
Notes 277
Bibliography 303
Index 313
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