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A Myth Beyond the Phallus: Female Fetishism in Kathy Acker’s Late Novels

1 Debates about female fetishism have already been happening for pretty much 2 full decades now; but there seems to be up to now no opinion in regards to the worth of claiming this practice that is particular feminist politics.

Ever since Sarah Kofman’s recommendation that a Derridean reading of Freud’s 1927 essay could maybe not preclude the chance of feminine fetishism (133), “indecidability” has characterized nearly all try to theorize that training. Naomi Schor’s very early suspicion that feminine fetishism could be just the “latest and a lot of simple kind of penis envy” (371) continues to haunt efforts to delimit an especially feminine manifestation of a perversion commonly comprehended, in psychoanalytic terms, become reserved for guys. Subsequent efforts to “feminize” the fetish by Elizabeth Grosz, Emily Apter, and Teresa de Lauretis have actually reiterated Schor’s doubt in regards to the subject, and none have actually dispelled totally the shadow of the inaugural question. Proponents of feminine fetishism seem to have held Baudrillard’s warning that is famous fetish discourse, and its own power to “turn against those that make use of it” (90), firmly in your mind. Continue reading