This essay examines how key Situationist concepts—the spectacle and détournement—are gendered. The first half of the essay presents these concepts along with a discussion of Asger Jorn's and Isidore Isou's gendered theories of creation and a reading of the figure of Jack the Ripper in Guy Debord and Jorn's book Mémoires. The second half of the essay argues that one of Debord's sources, Baudelaire's prose poem “Solitude,” presents a concept—“insinuation”—that offers a model for rethinking détournement as something other than the masculinized overcoming of spectacular passivity.

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