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

By | December 3, 2019
Split Decisions: How and Why to Take a Break from Feminism Author Janet Halley
ISBN-10 0691136327
ISBN-13 9780691136325
Year 2008-04-21
Pages 424
Language English
Publisher Princeton University Press
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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 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

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