By Anne Berger,Catherine Porter
The booklet is split into 4 components. within the first, the writer examines in particular “American” good points of gender theories due to 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” standpoint 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 present day. Noting a shift from efforts via oppressed or marginalized segments of the inhabitants to make themselves “heard” to an emphasis on rendering themselves “visible,” she demonstrates the formative function 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 seeing that its elevation to the prestige of quasi-concept by means of 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 attempting both to commend or to decry this courting, the writer exhibits its long-lasting political and cultural results on present feminist and postfeminist struggles and discourses. in this case, she specializes in one of many severe debates inside feminist and postfeminist circles, the talk over prostitution.
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