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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 …

Sex: a transdisciplinary concept

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

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 …

The Question of Caster Semenya

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

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

This is not my body

Dossier: Undoing the Aesthetic Image
by / RP 156 (Jul/Aug 2009) / Article, Dossier, Undoing the Aesthetic Image

The impossibility of gender in narratives of China’s modernity

by / RP 146 (Nov/Dec 2007) / Article

The incomplete materialism of French materialist feminism

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

According to one important and influential line of feminist interrogation of the category of sex, we only believe that there are two biological sexes because our thought and perception are constrained by the two-gender social system under which we currently live.(1) The French materialist feminists – Christine Delphy, Monique Wittig, Colette Guillaumin and Nicole-Claude Mathieu, …

Sexmat, revisited

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

Making life livable

Transsexuality and bodily transformation
by / RP 140 (Nov/Dec 2006) / 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

Whilst the distinction between French and Anglo-American feminism was always rather dubious (failing to be accurate, consistent or inclusive at the level of either national origin, language of choice or theoretical commitment; seeming to parcel feminist theory – or at least the feminist theory that mattered – out into two Western blocks from which the …

Psychoanalysis and politics

Juliet Mitchell then and now
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 …

Self help

Clinton, Blair and the politics of personal responsibility
by / RP 101 (May/Jun 2000) / Article

What, then, should the new relationship between society and individual consist of? First, it involves a new concept of citizenship, in which rights and responsibilities go together…. As is so clear the more you examine the rise in crime and social disorder in Britain, the problem has been that the Left has tended to …

Contingent ontologies

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

The pre-eminent place of Simone de Beauvoirʼs The Second Sex in the development of gender theory and feminist philosophy is undeniable. References to The Second Sex in historical and theoretical work in gender theory appear as if obligatory, not only because of the immense debt which many feminist scholars feel they owe de …

Cinquantenaire du Deuxième Sexe, Paris, 19–23 January 1999

by / RP 096 (Jul/Aug 1999) / Conference Report

Globalization is ordinary

The transnationalization of cultural studies
by / RP 090 (Jul/Aug 1998) / Article

Birth, love, politics

by / RP 086 (Nov/Dec 1997) / Article

‘Woman’ as theatre

United Nations Conference on Women, Beijing 1995
by / RP 075 (Jan/Feb 1996) / Commentary

Drucilla Cornell

Feminism, deconstruction and the law
by and / RP 073 (Sep/Oct 1995) / Interview

Judith Butler

Gender as Performance
by , and / RP 067 (Summer 1994) / Interview