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differences (2021) 32 (2): 69–93.
Published: 01 September 2021
... libidinal economy mistress ungendering white women The archive of gender is structurally anti-black. —Douglass Extending the reconstructive work of Stephanie Jones-Rogers and Thavolia Glymph, this essay provides an interpretive reading of the deep attachments that cohere in the historiography...
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differences (2018) 29 (2): 6–20.
Published: 01 September 2018
... are no longer where they were. If we have had to ask, not tongue-in-cheek, what is a “woman,” how does gender work, we have also had to add “men” and “male” to the social calculus. I do not think that we have yet reached that “ungendered humanity” that you pose in your question, but in a circumlocutive way, we...
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differences (2018) 29 (2): 21–67.
Published: 01 September 2018
... that were critical to the domestic and political economies of their villages and societies. This rendering of the black past paid little attention to the fact that, far from commanding any measure of “respect,” the female slave was not only ungendered, as Spillers argues, but also supersexed...
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differences (1997) 9 (2): 110–142.
Published: 01 July 1997
...) to the inhabitants of Brussels, who belong to neither of the two "communities," as "linguistically ungendered," thus unconsciously identifying language with sexual identity, and the Flemish-Francophone union with a tempestuous marriage. Not so many years ago, I myselfused this linguistic comparison to defend women's...
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differences (2021) 32 (3): 85–113.
Published: 01 December 2021
... unimaginable limits of ungendering the flesh, as heteropatriarchal gender (however oppressive it was in confining white settler women to domesticity and to bodies no longer within their control) was denied to Black and Indigenous people—a denial they did not endure in passivity, but resisted, as Spillers shows...
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differences (2008) 19 (2): 99–126.
Published: 01 September 2008
.... Contexts require story, not only statistics, and yet quantitative data are essential to presenting the scope of tragedy. However, statistics dehumanize and, perhaps, ungender Pat- terson in u.s. cultural logic. As a black girl...
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differences (2004) 15 (2): 1–31.
Published: 01 September 2004
..., appearances were as likely to belie as to express a comprehensive ontology, and if it could be rhetorically estab- lished that souls and minds were ungendered, then the question of women’s bodies could be rendered largely irrelevant...
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differences (2010) 21 (1): 137–148.
Published: 01 May 2010
... the shame of female anatomy and destiny in “No Name Woman.” 6) In “Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe,” Hortense Spillers examines the “ungendering” of slaves shipped as cargo in the Middle Passage. Might...
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differences (2006) 17 (2): 96–112.
Published: 01 September 2006
...” interventions to be secondary or auxiliary modifications that are overlaid on the ungendered, unraced materiality of the body cannot explain the pervasiveness of the structures of either race or gender. This parsing of inside...
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differences (1994) 6 (2-3): 249–273.
Published: 01 July 1994
... goes on to playa large role in Barthes's work, is never freed of its Zambinellian origins. As the gender of the castrato, it can never be ungendered or unsexed, never neutral, no matter how much Barthes hopes for the possibility of "active/passive, of possessor/possessed, buggerer/ buggeree" coming...
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differences (2021) 32 (3): 25–52.
Published: 01 December 2021
... than naming the badness of rape; as Catharine MacKinnon puts it, letting rape take all the heat for how power operates in sexuality means “to claim an ungendered and nonsexual ground for affirming sex (heterosexuality) while rejecting violence (rape)” (173–74). If rape is categorically distinct from...
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differences (1991) 3 (3): 45–68.
Published: 01 November 1991
... relations. These disabling instabilities took a variety of forms, but critics pointed specifically to the fact that women's increased physical freedom and ungendered role expectations were producing a pathological social universe. In an especially apt summary of contemporary anxieties about the "new woman...
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differences (2015) 26 (2): 1–28.
Published: 01 September 2015
... in a particularly sinful sexual act versus a subject whose formation is determined by that act. 13 Similarly, we can differentiate between promiscuity as an ungendered activity and the slut as a subject who is determined by the act of being sexually open or promiscuous. Sluttiness is the activity of a female...
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differences (2005) 16 (2): 88–115.
Published: 01 September 2005
...- apartness. (67) The “ungendered” fl esh of the slave suffers a double damage: not only trau- matic physical violations but also traumatic symbolic destruction of the social signifi cations of kinship, gender, and name. Thus, Spillers’s...
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differences (1992) 4 (1): 172–204.
Published: 01 April 1992
... this regressive plot, as if the human were an unideological or ungendered term. The refusal of the machine is, patently, an ideological lure: at the simplest level, sci-fi movies appeal through their special effects, the mark of their complicity with advanced technology. Need it be said that the star...
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differences (2022) 33 (1): 60–91.
Published: 01 May 2022
... the signification. This is Black being in the wake. This is the anagrammatical. (76–77) This theorization builds on Hortense Spillers’s theorization in “Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe” of the “ungendering” force of slavery as central to the national “symbolic order” she names “an American grammar” (72, 68). 9...
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differences (2018) 29 (2): 154–188.
Published: 01 September 2018
... that power can be found in the ungendering of African Americans that stems from these tropes, the couple’s representation of their family life has, at times, been entrapped by the very logics against which Spillers writes. An example can be found in remarks Beyoncé made after the birth of Blue Ivy about her...
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differences (1992) 4 (3): 1–37.
Published: 01 November 1992
... as possible. Don't give anyone any rights. Exact an absolute obedience to time as the price of any intercourse at all. Don't be a tin kettle to any dog's tail, however long" (Sickert to Hamnett [1918] qtd. in Hooker 114). 37 Dora Carrington used only her second - ungendered - name. There is a new biography...