Baudrillard's Challenge: A Feminist Reading by Victoria Grace

By Victoria Grace

This arguable booklet is the 1st systematic feminist studying of the paintings of Jean Baudrillard, the most pivotal figures in modern cultural thought, and is vital interpreting for college students of feminist thought, sociology and cultural theory.  Drawing at the complete variety of Baudrillard's writings the writer engages in a debate with:

* the paintings of Luce Irigaray, Judith Butler and Rosi Braidotti on identification, strength and desire
* the feminist challenge with 'difference' as an emancipatory construct
* writings on transgenderism and the functionality of gender
* feminist matters in regards to the objectification of women.

Through this severe engagement Grace unearths a few of the boundaries of a few modern feminist theorising round gender and identification, patriarchy and tool, and in so doing bargains a fashion ahead for modern feminist thought.

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Before reviewing these, however, and given that Baudrillard appears to be one such ‘male postmodern writer’, I want first to frame this chapter by looking briefly at Suzanne Moore’s criticisms of his work. Those very few feminists who have commented on his work have focused in the main on his 1979 publication, Seduction. I will discuss these critiques in Chapter 5. Baudrillard’s work ranges far beyond the scope of Seduction. It may thus be that the substance and tenor of Moore’s criticisms are symptomatic of feminist responses more broadly, which explains their silence as complete dismissal.

From a feminist perspective, and commensurate with these epistemological assumptions, we need to ask what Baudrillard’s work tells us about the way power relations are gendered. What does it make available for scrutiny and consideration that might lead to transformative understandings of gender politics, the construction of gendered subjects, or the objectification of women? My concern in the chapters that follow is to address precisely these questions, concluding that Baudrillard’s work has importance for feminist theory.

SE&D: 118). He uses this dialogue to point to the absurdity of the concept of numbers of sexes. Whether we are referring to Laqueur’s one-sex model or two-sex model, the question of difference is predicated on the assumption of the one, against which more like it can be added, or those not like it can be differentiated. ’ Such a question assumes a unit which can be multiplied; which can be added to hypothetically, relying on a standard against which relations of equivalence can be ascertained.

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