The Queer Turn in Feminism: Identities, Sexualities, and the by Anne Berger,Catherine Porter

By Anne Berger,Catherine Porter

greater than the other region of late-twentieth-century considering, gender idea and its avatars were to a wide volume a Franco-American invention. during this publication, a number one Franco-American student strains changes and intersections within the improvement of gender and queer theories on each side of the Atlantic. those theories via lenses which are either “American” and “French,” therefore at the same time retrospective and anticipatory, she attempts to account for his or her alleged exhaustion and foreign money at the facets of the Atlantic.

The booklet is split into 4 elements. within the first, the writer examines particularly “American” gains of gender theories considering the fact that their earliest formulations: at the one hand, an emphasis at the theatricality of gender (from John Money’s early characterization of gender as “role taking part in” to Judith Butler’s appropriation of Esther Newton’s paintings on drag queens); at the different, the early adoption of a “queer” viewpoint on gender issues.

In the second one half, the writer displays on a shift within the rhetoric bearing on sexual minorities and politics that's
prevalent this day. Noting a shift from efforts by way of oppressed or marginalized segments of the inhabitants to make themselves “heard” to an emphasis on rendering themselves “visible,” she demonstrates the formative position of the yank civil rights flow during this new force to visibility.

The 3rd half offers with the travels from side to side around the Atlantic of “sexual difference,” ever in view that its elevation to the prestige of quasi-concept through psychoanalysis. Tracing the “queering” of sexual distinction, the writer displays on either the modalities and the results of this development.

The final part addresses the vexing dating among Western feminism and capitalism. with out making an attempt both to commend or to decry this dating, the writer exhibits its long-lasting political and cultural results on present feminist and postfeminist struggles and discourses. for that reason, she specializes in one of many extreme debates inside feminist and postfeminist circles, the talk over prostitution.

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