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Modernising Gender, Civilising Sex: State Feminism and Perverse Imagination

Hans Tao-ming Huang

in Queer Politics and Sexual Modernity in Taiwan

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9789888083077
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9789882209817 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888083077.003.0006
Modernising Gender, Civilising Sex: State Feminism and Perverse Imagination

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The sexual politics of Liu Yu-hsiu is pivotal in the hegemonic ascendancy of Taiwan state feminism. Through examining Liu's psychoanalytically mediated essays of social criticism, this chapter delineates the contour of Liu's sexual imaginary within the context of 1990s feminist and queer politics. Liu's modernising project, this chapter argues, upholds heterosexual monogamy as a feminist ideal that seeks to purge all the perversion and promiscuity. Meanwhile, queers and prostitutes come to be figured as the very negativity that must be foreclosed. Yet like the Lacanian Real, they impinge on the symbolic order that Liu ordains as they thwart her desire to civilise sex.

Keywords: state feminism; psychoanalysis; prostitution; monogamy; stigma

Chapter.  12689 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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