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Split Decisions: How and Why to Take a Break from Feminism

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Is it time to take a break from feminism? In this pathbreaking book, Janet Halley reassesses the place of feminism in the law and politics of sexuality. She argues that sexuality involves deeply contested and clashing realities and interests, and that feminism helps us understand only some of them. To see crucial dimensions of sexuality that feminism does not reveal--the ...more
Hardcover, 402 pages
Published August 6th 2006 by Princeton University Press (first published 2006)
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Emma Sea
Jul 24, 2013 Emma Sea rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
The book that made me go on antidepressents

I'm stopping now, because the book made me incredibly sad.


Not a review: just some thoughts.

Halley frames everything as binary throughout the whole book.

There’s two kinds of feminism – convergentist and divergentist (p. 26).

Convergentist “insists that feminism mediate whatever comes into conflict, harmonizing it into a feminist frame.” Divergentist “is prepared to see political splits and split decisions within its feminism. Such a project Takes A Bre
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Kelley
Sep 15, 2008 Kelley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Obviously, for those of you who've read me for awhile, you know I love this book. I'm reading it again because, still in the process of unpacking, painting, furnishing the new abode, this is one book I happened to have not packed in crates.

Someday, I'll write an actual review instead of the bits and pieces of blog posts that I have up currently.

Meanwhile, if you're at all interested in the subject, especially if you want to understand contemporary social theory from the perspective of *why* the
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Ralowe Ampu
Apr 11, 2016 Ralowe Ampu rated it it was ok
i now need to be careful not to do any violence to janet halley's ideas. or halley's actual person as a person in the world teaching at harvard. or all the good work she may do or hopes to do in that capacity. perhaps this book does not best reflect her overall thing she's going for. the context i receive this from is not at all the best, from robyn wiegman. i'm not calling this a hate read. i'm not likely to have many points of convergence with a queer feminist lawyer about what fantasies ...more
jennifer
May 02, 2007 jennifer rated it it was amazing
i've only read two academic books that blew me away since taking my general exams - this one and dwight mcbride's why i hate abercrombie and fitch.
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