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Shulamith Firestone, 1945–2012

by / RP 176 (Nov/Dec 2012) / Obituary

Shulamith Firestone was perhaps the most infamous radical feminist theorist of the twentieth century. As a student at the Art Institute of Chicago, she became an early activist in the women’s movement, founding (with Jo Freeman) the Westside Group in 1967, in large part in response to the patronizing sexism of left politics at the time. After moving to New York she founded New York Radical Women (NYRW) and wrote […]


Grande biog

by / 2012 / Web Content

Benoît Peeters, Derrida: A Biography, trans. Andrew Brown, Polity Press, Cambridge and Malden MA, 2012. 603 pp., £25.00 hb., 978 0 74565 615 1. ‘What matter who’s speaking, someone said, what matter who’s speaking?’ Despite post-structuralist philosophies’ association with Beckettian questions such as these, they remain surprisingly bound to what Foucault called that ‘singular relationship that holds between an author and a text’. Hence, of course, the ambiguous attractions of […]


The gender apparatus

Torture and national manhood in the US ‘war on terror’
by / RP 168 (Jul/Aug 2011) / Article

Feminist protest against US torture practices, including outcries over the use of sex, sexuality and sexual identity in the torture of prisoners at US detention sites from Guantánamo to Abu Ghraib, have understandably tended to focus on what the abuse destroys – the victim and his or her community. Here, though, I ask what the torture produces. Borrowing and revising a question that Catharine MacKinnon posed about genocide (‘What is […]


Sex: a transdisciplinary concept

From structure to rhizome: transdisciplinarity in French thought (1)
by / RP 165 (Jan/Feb 2011) / Article

What is sex? Some feminists have harboured suspicions about this form of question, given its philosophical (or ‘metaphysical’1) pedigree. But philosophy no longer has the disciplinary monopoly on it. Indeed, with regard to sex, the more interesting task today is to pose and to attempt to answer the question from within a transdisciplinary problematic. For the question requires a theoretical response capable of recognizing that it concerns a cultural and […]


The Question of Caster Semenya

by / RP 160 (Mar/Apr 2010) / Commentary

Sex and gender issues in the case of intersex runner Caster Semenya


‘All human beings are pregnant’

The bisexual imaginary in Plato’s Symposium
by / RP 150 (Jul/Aug 2008) / Article


The incomplete materialism of French materialist feminism

by / RP 145 (Sep/Oct 2007) / Article


Sexmat, revisited

by / RP 145 (Sep/Oct 2007) / Article


Surplus consciousness

Houellebecq’s novels of ideas
by / RP 126 (Jul/Aug 2004) / Article


Monique Wittig, 1935–2003

by / RP 120 (Jul/Aug 2003) / Obituary


The introduction of the Oedipus Complex and the reinvention of instinct

Freud’s Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality
by / RP 115 (Sep/Oct 2002) / Article


Homosexual politics in the wake of AIDS

by / RP 109 (Sep/Oct 2001) / Article


De Beauvoir’s Hegelianism

Rethinking The Second Sex
by / RP 107 (May/Jun 2001) / Article


The sword and the bridge

The anatomical and the political in conceptions of sexual difference
by / RP 106 (Mar/Apr 2001) / Article


Feminism against ‘the feminine’

by / RP 105 (Jan/Feb 2001) / Article


Psychoanalysis and politics

Juliet Mitchell then and now
by / RP 103 (Sep/Oct 2000) / Article


Wishful theory and sexual politics

by / RP 103 (Sep/Oct 2000) / Article


Jean Laplanche

The other within - Rethinking psychoanalysis
by , and / RP 102 (Jul/Aug 2000) / Interview

Jean Laplanche is the most original and philosophically informed psychoanalytic theorist of his day. Setting out from a critical reconstruction of Freudʼs terminology, he has developed a systematic rethinking of psychoanalytic metapsychology under the heading of a ʻgeneral theory of seductionʼ. Still best known in Britain for his early joint work with Pontalis – ʻFantasy and the Origins of Sexualityʼ (1964; trans., International Journal of PsychoAnalysis, 1968) and The Language […]


Contingent ontologies

Sex, gender and ‘woman’ in Simone de Beauvoir and Judith Butler
by / RP 097 (Sep/Oct 1999) / Article


Doing the Viagra tango

Sex pill as symbol and substance
by / RP 092 (Nov/Dec 1998) / Commentary