At no point in recorded history has there been an absence of intense, and heated, discussion about the subject of how to conduct relations between women and men. This Handbook provides a comprehensive guide to these omnipresent issues and debates, mapping the present and future of thinking about feminist theory.

The chapters gathered here present the state of the art in scholarship in the field, covering: Epistemology and marginality; Literary, visual and cultural representations; Sexuality; Macro and microeconomics of gender; Conflict and peace.

The most important consensus in this volume is that a central organizing tenet of feminism is its willingness to examine the ways in which gender and relations between women and men have been (and are) organized. The authors bring a shared commitment to the critical appraisal of gender relations, as well as a recognition that to think ‘theoretically’ is not to detach concerns from lived experience but to extend the possibilities of understanding.

With this focus on theory and theorizing about the world in which we live, this Handbook asks us, across all disciplines and situations, to abandon our taken-for-granted assumptions about the world and interrogate both the origin and the implications of our ideas about gender relations and feminism.

It is an essential reference work for advanced students and academics not only of feminist theory, but of gender and sexuality across the humanities and social sciences.

Feminism and Pornography

Feminism and Pornography

Feminism and pornography

Introduction: Feminism, Pornography, Representation

Feminist debates about pornography cut across a number of the sections in this Handbook of Feminist Theory and would be equally at home under the heading of ‘sexuality’ or ‘economy’. This speaks to the multi-disciplinarity of work in this field and to important conceptual differences and shifts in the framing of pornography as an object of feminist enquiry. To begin my discussion, then, I want to consider the implications of placing this chapter within a context of debates on representation, relating this to questions about the nature of pornography which have been central to feminist thinking. This chapter does not offer a comprehensive overview of feminist debates on pornography but, more modestly, analyses how feminists (primarily, Anglo-American ...

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