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A Deleuzian Feminism: Philosophy, Theology and Ethics by Judith F. Clark

By Judith F. Clark

This dissertation is straight away a critique of the old improvement of moment
Wave feminist thought and an offer for a brand new photo of feminist idea which unearths
its element of departure past the sexual binarism and reactive formations of identification
that have often framed this theoretical venture. A Deleuzian Feminismoffers a
conceptual box during which the actualizations of lady might be seen as singular
events or exact conducts of embodied life whereas feminist proposal should be noticeable
as the capability to a greater than own existence. inside this conceptual box sexual
difference is not any longer tied to structuresof homogeneity yet to heterogeneous
assemblages which are innovations either ofimmediate encounters and the community of
interdependent assemblages that make all event attainable. faraway from being
obligated to a particular order or held hostage to the functioning of a unmarried signifier,
sexuality is now an impact, an have an effect on, a creation of in depth kin which doesn't
precede or exceed its instant expression. during this feel “woman” turns into an
experiment, plausible, a potential global, whilefeminist ethics turns into an ethics of
encounter fascinated with a sustainable futurefor either human society and the worldwide

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Pp. 127-29. 49 for egalitarian affiliation and altruism, then becomes the organizing metaphor for feminist actions. The basis of this political consolidation seems to rest completely on the experience of female being, as men must become “women” in order to participate in the revolution. What, then, will constitute the dialectical “elimination of sexual identity”? The female assumption of male power and privilege? The libratory effect of negating female affiliation to any formation of oppression was significant.

7 ibid. 29 Dependence, both economic and intellectual, became the characteristic that divided the inauthentic feminists from the true feminists. To rely on men for political direction or financial support became a sign of feminist failure, indeed, the failure of human being. This notion of failing “authentic” existence not only spurred women into the movement, but also set the first grounds for establishing a hierarchy among women. Words such as the following were received and disseminated as moral judgments rather than an ethical stance derived from a particular concept of being.

Women, therefore, must call on a rationality that seeks transcendence of this socio-evolutionary stagnation, for only women have the natural drive to overthrow the tyranny that keeps them enslaved to biology. What rationality (by definition universal or gender neutral) might women utilize to overcome the cultural institutions produced by the rationality of men? Firestone proposed that there are, in fact, two modes of thought, one imaginative, idealistic and aesthetic and the other objective and technological.

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