Gender

Masculine Subjects: Notes on the Thought of Luce Irigaray

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Given that Irigaray’s philo­soph­ical pro­ject fo­cuses at large on re­thinking the re­la­tion­ships between women and men, within a cul­ture of sexual dif­fer­ence, as sub­jects in their own terms, it seems there­fore only lo­gical that sexual dif­fer­ence (in Irigaray’s later texts re­worked as sexuate dif­fer­ence) re­veal it­self as a fruitful frame­work for also en­ga­ging with the issue of…

The Politics of Gender and the Policing of Sexuality in Turkey

A couple turning themselves in to the public prosecutor in protest of the recent regulations on co-habitation.

In the midst of on­going polit­ical tur­moil in the country, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan an­nounced that it is against their con­ser­vative demo­cratic stance to allow co­hab­it­a­tion of girls and boys, and that no parent would con­sent to such an ar­range­ment. Despite both do­mestic and in­ter­na­tional cri­ti­cism, not to men­tion the vi­ol­a­tion of con­sti­tu­tion­ally embedded…

Question Everything? Rape Law / Free Speech

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“Question everything” is an in­junc­tion that reg­u­larly sur­faces in liber­tarian polit­ical circles. But aside from the fact it rarely be­comes the focus of its own ex­horta­tion, how does the com­mand to ques­tion and chal­lenge con­sensus and or­tho­doxy deal with the con­sequences of such ac­tions? When are speakers re­spons­ible for what their words do? And to…

The Political in the Contract Classroom

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When we started ‘The Public Life of Private Law’ one of the con­ver­sa­tions we wanted to have with par­ti­cipants, and with others fol­lowing the series, was about teaching private law from a crit­ical per­spective. In par­tic­ular, we wanted to think about how those of us who fell into teaching private law through a mix­ture of ne­ces­sity and serendipity, but…

Transphobia

Apollo at Delphi

“I have a hard time making my mind take place…” be­gins the poem Body & Isn’t by Bruce Covey. Indeed, it is hard for the mind to take place when it reads the column “Mikropragmata” (“Trivial Things”) by Aris Dimokides in LiFO of 18/​7/​2013.1 It is hard for two reasons. On the one hand, it is…

Equality: Notes on the Thought of Luce Irigaray

Barbara Nessim

Equality is a concept that has con­cerned Luce Irigaray, in various guises, throughout her work. In this post I will dis­cuss both her cri­tique of lib­eral mo­bil­isa­tions of equality, and her re­thinking of equality through sexual dif­fer­ence. Irigaray’s work is often di­vided into three phases.1 Briefly, in the first phase, or the ‘crit­ical’ phase, she ex­cav­ates the…

Suárez and Rouse: Masculinity, Sport and Rape Apologies

Nancy Fouts

As Luis Suárez joined Johan le Roux and Mike Tyson in the an­nals of sports-​biting his­tory this week, across the water in Northern Ireland Alvin Rouse con­tinues to play in goal for Ballinamallard United Football Club, des­pite fa­cing three counts of rape, two of sexual as­sault, one of causing a person to en­gage in a sexual act…

Dehumanisation and the Systemic Perpetuation of Rape

Ben Walker - Gang Rape [Cropped]

Are we wit­nessing a global epi­demic of sexual vi­ol­ence against women, or are we simply wit­nessing a tem­porary surge in public and media in­terest in a ubi­quitous, en­demic problem? I sus­pect the latter — much as a spec­tac­ular famine, or a good earth­quake, tem­por­arily piques ‘in­ter­na­tional’ (i.e. Western or Euro-​American) in­terest in the en­demic reality of global poverty; be­fore ‘dis­aster fa­tigue’ kicks in,…

We must resist the cunning of judicial reform

Indian women mourning gang rape victim, New Delhi, 2 Jan 2013, Photo by Dar Yasin | AP

The death of the 23 year old woman fol­lowing the brutal gang rape and as­sault on a moving bus on 16 December 2012 at a hos­pital in Singapore early this morning [Ed. Friday 28th December 2013] leaves all of us in states of deep mourning. This is a polit­ical death. Rape and murder of women is polit­ical vi­ol­ence against…

Chastity, Virginity, Marriageability, and Rape Sentencing

Protestors want capital punishment for rapists | Saurabh Das : AP

The hor­rific gang rape in­cident in Delhi has led to de­mands for amending the law to provide for more strin­gent pun­ish­ment for rape, in­cluding in­tro­du­cing the death pen­alty. Over the last few days, there have been various de­bates about the ad­vis­ab­ility of making such changes to the law. An issue that has not been highlighted…

Savita Halappanavar: Ireland, Abortion and the Politics of Death and Grief

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This morning (14 November 2012) the Guardian re­ports on the case of Savita Halappanavar, who died last month at University College Galway, Ireland. It was, we are told, a case of “sudden ma­ternal death”. The Irish Times sets out the facts of the case as fol­lows: Savita Halappanavar (31), a dentist, presented with back pain at the hos­pital on October…

Galloway on Rape and Law’s Own Repugnant Diatribe

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On August 18th, the you­tube channel ‘molucca Red,’ ‘[t]he only fully au­thor­ised GG channel,’ posted ‘Good night with George Galloway (Episode 5).’ This episode fea­tured Galloway dis­cussing various is­sues re­lating to the Wikileaks founder Jullian Assange. In watching the episode, es­pe­cially at around 21:15 into the video, the viewer may be for­given for be­gin­ning to…

Racism, Sexism and Swimming at the London Olympics

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I’ve been a little taken aback this week at the level of ra­cism against China in the British and US media, and on longer-​than-​usual com­ment threads on various friends’ face­book walls. I mean, I know that ra­cism in sport and in the media is nothing new, and I know that being mixed race white-​Chinese, I’m taking the various swipes being…

Anorexia and the Political

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Stretched across the cri­tique: have we lost con­nec­tion with each other? Have we lost a sense of grounding as crit­ical legal scholars? However we frame this ques­tion, it goes to the heart of a fear that crit­ical thought is not in touch with any reality. Some paper present­a­tions at the Birkbeck School of Law 2012 Annual Post-​Graduate…

When They Make a Battlefield of Her Choice: The Harassment of Women and the Right to Protest

40 Days for Life campaigners

When I first no­ticed their banner as I walked by Bedford Square, in London, I didn’t think too much about it. It re­gistered as a de­pressing ex­ample of the public ex­pres­sion of a po­s­i­tion I had strong op­pos­i­tion to, not much more. It wasn’t until some­time later that I clocked the un­usual loc­a­tion of the small public protest — a quiet spot with re­l­at­ively little…

Occupying Gender in the Singular Plural

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Call me a sissy, but I’ve never par­tic­u­larly cared for being re­ferred to as cis­gender. Still, the work of trans­gendered act­iv­ists within Occupy Wall Street has been one of things that keep me op­tim­istic. At a November 13th teach-​in at Zuccotti Park, just days be­fore the brutal evic­tion, trans act­iv­ists took over the people’s mic for an…

Disrupting Links: Gender, Identity and Security

X-ray art by Nick Veasey

This paper is about, as the title in­dic­ates, dis­rupting cer­tain per­vasive and seem­ingly ob­vious links.[1] First, the link between gender and iden­tity, wherein gender is as­sumed to be a stable, re­li­able de­term­inant of an iden­tity that also as­sumed to be fixed. Following from the as­sumed fixity of iden­tity comes a link to se­curity, wherein the more precise…

Regulating Intimacy (again): Sex Workers as Vixens and Victims

No Hooking Any Time

Get your money for nothing And your chicks for free (Dire Straits) My pre­vious con­tri­bu­tion on Assange and the Swedish sex scandal drew some ire from fem­inist blog­gers who mostly raised Catherine MacKinnon’s dom­in­a­tion politics to re­fute my ar­gu­ments re­lating to sexual con­sent and the with­drawal of con­sent. According to some schools of thought, women are…

Intimate Dissidence: Assange, Foucault and (Feminist) Rape Discourse

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At Critical Legal Thinking, Narnia Bohler-​Muller takes issue with the narrow leg­alism of the often ‘sur­real’ com­ment­aries on the Assange con­tro­versy. In amongst the de­nun­ci­ation and counter-​denunciation she de­tects an un­der­cur­rent of dis­cip­linary power. On this ac­count, the ap­par­ently ‘very broad’ rape laws of Sweden, like ef­forts in South Africa to force HIV tests on…