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Speculum of the Other Woman by Luce Irigaray
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Sep 23, 2011

really liked it
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Read from September 23 to 30, 2011

What a ride! The first section where she basically tears apart the assumptions of Freud (emasculates him...? castrates him...?) was enough, but the rest of the book moved well.

I get the sense from reviews that maybe Irigaray is an "angry feminist" to some. I would ask for a reconsideration. Angry? Not at all. A point of the book is to to uncover how angry and reactionary male-dominated theory has been through history. Irigaray argues that this has gone un-minded since the era of the Greeks. She's a sharp critic, but I felt it's more a calm feminist replying to a bunch of angry chauvinists then vice versa (my two cents for future readers.)

The downside for me was her Derri(dadist) language. She's not as imcomprehensible and pretentious as her mentor, but the book is loaded with a lot of intellectual glossolalia that the parrots will tell you is evidence of her great depth (it's not.)
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