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differences (2019) 30 (1): 197–227.
Published: 01 May 2019
...Jennifer C. Nash “Pedagogies of Desire” explores how women’s studies—a field that has long engaged sex as a space steeped in power, hierarchy, and inequality—has come to invest in affirmative consent as the sexual ethic that can produce sex as a territory free of violence. This essay explores...
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differences (2019) 30 (1): 148–156.
Published: 01 May 2019
... of reach. 1 If some feminists argue that affirmative consent will revolutionize sexual culture for the better, others register discontent with affirmative-consent-as-panacea. Still others have attempted to name the emergence of a sex panic that reaffirms feminine sexual vulnerability. Finally...
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differences (2019) 30 (1): 34–54.
Published: 01 May 2019
... women comedians and associates. News reports of his alleged misconduct, if we lived in a sex-equal world (which is to say, a world-changing “if”), would not be so condemning. After all, Louis C. K. requested the affirmative consent of two women comedians before proceeding to masturbate in front of them...
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differences (2013) 24 (1): 30–54.
Published: 01 May 2013
...Jane Anna Gordon Revisiting Carole Pateman's classic discussion of women and consent, this essay advances a qualified defense of consent through defending a second, less hegemonic model of it as articulated most forcefully by Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Although difficult to realize, the author argues...
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differences (2019) 30 (1): 15–23.
Published: 01 May 2019
... and language. Commentators have noted the bagginess of “sexual abuse” as a category that runs together violence and intimidation with various kinds of misconduct. They have pressed the always vexing question of what constitutes consent or worried about due process, seemingly suspended in the public outing...
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differences (2007) 18 (3): 81–96.
Published: 01 December 2007
.... Sup. Ct. 1965 . Haag, Pamela. Consent: Sexual Rights and the Transformation of American Liberalism . Ithaca, ny: Cornell up, 1999 . Lawrence v. Texas . 539 u.s. 558. u.s. Sup. Ct. 2003 . Loving v. Virginia . 388 u.s. 1. u.s. Sup. Ct. 1967 . Morris, David B. The Culture of Pain...
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differences (2019) 30 (1): 82–90.
Published: 01 May 2019
.... Contemporary sex panics are primed to repeat the mistakes of the past. Whereas some scholars and activists are calling for an expanded articulation of what counts as sexual assault and moving toward affirmative or enthusiastic consent, this is not without risk. Sexual assault and consent are tied to legal...
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differences (2021) 32 (3): 25–52.
Published: 01 December 2021
... as “sex without consent,” fisting with consent is just sex, but fisting without it is rape. Rape positively defines sex by picking out what counts as sexual and negatively defines sex by ultimately being differentiated from it. Queer theorists don’t like how rape positively defines sex, if it means...
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differences (2019) 30 (1): 100–118.
Published: 01 May 2019
...; on the contrary, the operations of her textuality only intensify her stakes, thereby implicating feminism right alongside patriarchal cultures in the deadly life of pleasure. The unique value of MacKinnon’s feminism is to be located not in its foreclosures of sexual pleasure and consent, but in her anguish...
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differences (2018) 29 (2): 96–125.
Published: 01 September 2018
... Silverman asked this question publically after many women said that popular comedian Louis C. K. had masturbated in front of them without their consent. Samantha Guthrie, cohost of the Today Show , was in tears on the day it was revealed that cohost Matt Lauer had been let go from the show because...
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differences (2013) 24 (3): 63–100.
Published: 01 December 2013
... as a political strategy of refusal and illegibility. Waddedar’s iteration of sati relies on its peculiar status in nineteenth-century colonial law, where it was classified as “voluntary culpable homicide by consent.” This legislation inaugurated a new juridical index of female desire that shaped the political...
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differences (2013) 24 (1): 55–103.
Published: 01 May 2013
...Joseph Fischel This essay argues that the “consenting adult,” while politically seductive and exonerative, is ultimately a perverted figure for progressive sexual politics. Valorized, the “consenting adult” generates a moralized portraiture of good and bad sexual personae rather than propelling...
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differences (2021) 32 (2): 39–68.
Published: 01 September 2021
... shot through simply with what Frantz Fanon famously calls the “para-neurotic brutality” of the colonizer nor is it emblematic of the benign, self-affirming, consensual choice of the colonized (46). When conditional consent exchanges unveiling for queer cositting, the form of protest reveals the limits...
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differences (2010) 21 (1): 161–168.
Published: 01 May 2010
... and Dissatisfaction, Kant to Adorno, as phe- nomenophilia, or a low-grade version of seeing that deflects instrumental- izing attentiveness and refuses to consent to the world’s insistence that we affirm its givenness in our thought. This is a mode...
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differences (2002) 13 (2): 127–158.
Published: 01 September 2002
... (in Le journal des anthropologues ), and of Foucault's sexual politics of consent (in Prochoix ). He coedited with Daniel Borrillo Au-delà du PaCS (puf: Paris, 1999) and is currently completing Same Sex, Different Politics: Comparative Politics of Gay Marriage, France and the United States...
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differences (2019) 30 (1): 119–125.
Published: 01 May 2019
... reparative justice interpretation carceral feminism The #MeToo moment has brought us to a reckoning with testimony. In legal discourse, testimony, already tethered to racialized and gendered notions of rationality and consent, is part of a larger evidentiary process used to establish a set of facts...
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differences (2021) 32 (2): 122–160.
Published: 01 September 2021
... innocence “creates unique problems for rape victims” because “rape is the only crime for which consent is a defense” (197). If proving consent (or lack thereof) begins as a practical problem for complainants, it quickly becomes a conceptual one. As Ferguson memorably put it, rape “is remarkable for focusing...
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differences (2019) 30 (1): 157–188.
Published: 01 May 2019
... involved in conversations about the treatment and its protocols. Informed consent is solicited with every treatment and should be reaffirmed (and can be withdrawn) during a session (Frawley and Neumann; Mize). Literature on the subject stresses the importance of this nonsurgical, nonpharmaceutical...
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differences (2021) 32 (2): 69–93.
Published: 01 September 2021
... of mutuality and consent,” such that, in Wiegman’s words, lesbian history can be best understood “as a disciplinary endeavor [that] takes itself as a practice of love” (211). 14 If black men’s assault by white women gets explained away by the fiction of consent, the sexual vulnerability of the enslaved...
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differences (1999) 11 (1): 68–111.
Published: 01 May 1999
... uncertainty of consent” (103). Viewed in these terms, the Marriage Act has important implications for historiography itself. In particular, its legacy as a force of order and stability raises a number of pressing questions about our capacity...