Feminism and the struggle over meaning Thompson, Denise en_US 2021-11-25T14:49:32Z 2021-11-25T14:49:32Z 1998 en_US
dc.description.abstract In this paper I take issue with the hegemony of one prevalent definition of feminism, in terms of “equality”/“difference”, and suggest that there is another account which rarely appears in the academic feminist literature, namely, feminism as the struggle against male domination. I argue that the feminist project since the late 1960s has crucially revolved around a critique of sexuality as central to women’s oppression, a critique which focused in large measure on pornography as the most extreme and blatant expression of what sexuality means in male supremacist terms. I point out that this radical feminist critique has from the beginning been under siege by a libertarianism which will brook no criticism of sexuality at all, and that, as a consequence, the links between sexuality and male domination have not been made. I suggest that the linking term is the penis and its significance as the symbol of “human” status within the social order of male supremacy. en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 en_US
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dc.source Legacy MARC en_US
dc.subject.other feminism en_US
dc.subject.other lesbianism en_US
dc.subject.other equality/difference en_US
dc.subject.other male domination en_US
dc.subject.other Freud en_US
dc.subject.other sexuality en_US
dc.subject.other peer review en_US
dc.title Feminism and the struggle over meaning en_US
dc.type Working Paper en
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unsw.description.notePublic Author Introduction to the Refereed Papers: en_US
unsw.relation.faculty Arts Design & Architecture
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Thompson, Denise, Social Policy Research Centre, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, UNSW en_US Social Policy Research Centre *
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