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 Interlude: Postmodern Goods

Bonnie Mann

in Women's Liberation and the Sublime

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780195187458
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786565 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195187458.003.0005

Series: Studies in Feminist Philosophy

  Interlude: Postmodern Goods

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This chapter focuses on feminist notions of pornography. It argues that feminist celebrations of pornography make no effort to dismantle the Euro-masculinist projects of mastery, nor to dismantle the master narratives that support the subordination of women to men. The melting away of the social world that occasions entrance into the discursive universe of pornography becomes both its justification and purpose, fulfilling as it does the imperative to be anti-essentialist at all cost. Just as Lyotard's “philosophical politics” failed to become a politics at all by eliminating the possibility of political solidarity with victims of historical wrongs, pro-pornography feminism fails to be feminist when it offers women no place to stand outside the pornographic text from which to bear witness to the harm pornography does to women.

Keywords: sublime; feminism; feminists; pornography; anti-essentialist

Chapter.  9376 words. 

Subjects: Feminist Philosophy

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