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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): 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 (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 (2019) 30 (1): 148–156.
Published: 01 May 2019
...Emily A. Owens This essay frames contemporary antiviolence movements’ embrace of “consent” through its historical context. To the extent that consent has been a harbinger of liberal humanism, it has frequently sutured the freedom of some to the unfreedom of most. In particular, this essay...
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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 (2016) 27 (1): 94–142.
Published: 01 May 2016
... become an argument for the regime’s “revolutionary” aspects. This article argues that “land reclamation” was a fundamental policy and ideology of Italian fascism. It claims that reclamation furnishes the literal and figurative grounds of consent to the regime: this is to say, reclamation as policy...
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differences (2019) 30 (1): 1–14.
Published: 01 May 2019
... and contestations over its rules of sexual engagement, including deliberations on the Larry Nassar case, the complexity of “consent” as a property-based ethics, the pedagogy of “trigger warnings,” and the difficulties facing institutional feminism as it seeks to found and promote a university culture free of sexual...
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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 (2019) 30 (1): 34–54.
Published: 01 May 2019
... as sexually discriminating or subordinating) and its panicked equivalences (regrouping consented-to but unwanted and uncomfortable sex as assaultive) can be understood nontrivially but incompletely as MacKinnon’s progeny. MacKinnon bequeaths both political projects to feminism, two political children...
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differences (2013) 24 (3): 175–177.
Published: 01 December 2013
... Consent: A Sexual Politics of Debility.” 24.1: 55–103. Gordon, Jane Anna. “On the Indispensability of Consent to Politics: A Qualified Defense.” 24.1: 30–54. He, Chengzhou. “Trespassing, Crisis, and Renewal...
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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 (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): 82–90.
Published: 01 May 2019
... understanding “sexual predator” as a legal category that typically requires a prior sex crime conviction, using it instead as a cultural category to mean anyone with sexual intentions toward those under the age of consent. Given the ways that legal categories are produced through shifting cultural...
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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 (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 (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...
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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 (2015) 26 (2): 1–28.
Published: 01 September 2015
... daughter confronts her mother for listing as her hobbies “bad boys, jello shooters, and body art”—was taken without consent from Chaney’s Facebook page. After school officials refused to apologize or hold a requested assembly on “respecting the rights of others on the Internet,” Chaney sued the school...
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differences (2004) 15 (2): 91–117.
Published: 01 September 2004
... on the territory without consent is questionable. Signifi cant economic advantages to the nation accrue from 98 The “Mere Fortuity” of Birth? their presence (97); steps to remove illegal...
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differences (2021) 32 (2): 39–68.
Published: 01 September 2021
... consent if my mother sat with her. I have a photograph showing them both. In the enclosed photograph, either my mother’s figure was obliterated, or Zinat Mahal gave another sitting.” A comparison of the aspect ratios, angles of the sitters’ faces, and drawing room furnishings across both photographs...
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