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Reconsidering Radical Feminism

Affect and the Politics of Heterosexuality

What’s the right way to be a feminist? Reconsidering Radical Feminism is not only a clear, precise summary of late-twentieth-century feminist debates about the politics of heterosexuality. It’s also an examination of how we become invested in arguments that position us as particular kinds of feminists – and as gendered subjects. Through the lens of poststructuralism, queer theory, and affect theory, Jessica Joy Cameron investigates the legacy of the passionate dispute between radical feminism and sex-positive feminism. In doing so, she reveals the timeliness of her subject as contemporary policies about sexual assault, consent, and safe spaces come under scrutiny.

160 pages

Sexuality Stud

Table of Contents

Introduction: Radical Attachments

1 Radical Deconstructions of Heterosexual Practice: Reading Heterosexual Intercourse

2 Naming Experience, Experiencing a Name: Discourse, Sexual Assault, and the Workings of Affect

3 Heterosexist Pornographies and Sex Work: Transgression, Signification, and the Politics of Shame

4 Paranoid Witness and Reparative Disengagement: Reading Feminist Writings on Heterosexuality

Conclusion: Ambivalent Attachments




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