By Sara Ahmed
Adjustments That subject demanding situations theories of the connection among feminism and postmodernism that ask "is/should feminism be glossy or postmodern?" stating how postmodernism has been allowed to dictate feminist debates, Sara Ahmed argues in its place that feminism needs to itself ask questions of postmodernism; that feminist theorists converse (back) to postmodernism instead of easily communicate on (their courting to) it. This "speaking again" comprises a refusal to place postmodernism as a generalizable of the realm, utilizing shut readings of postmodern structures of rights, ethics, "woman," subjectivity, authorship and movie.
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The demand for a decision necessarily goes through a passage of the undecidable: a passage which exceeds the very opposition between calculable programmes and the incalculable. The undecidable as a trace or `ghost' becomes lodged in every decision, cutting it open, as the irreducible demand of the other, the demand that we must decide about what is impossible (Derrida 1992: 24). What may such an emphasis on law as citation have to say about rights? Perhaps we could return here to the letter of the law: to the liberal legal scholar Ronald Dworkin's attempt to account for the role of the judge.
Her work exceeds a purely deconstructive reading, retreating to the philosophy of Luhmann to theorise the way in which the relation of gender stabilises the boundary between inside and outside that the law is involved in policing. What Cornell argues is that feminism needs a theory of the system in order to explain the interaction between the semantics of desire and gender hierarchy within the social order (Cornell 1992: 76). Her work implies the inadequacy of a deconstructive strategy to account for the stability of social relations and the legal system (in particular to explain why feminist legal forms have been so dif®cult to achieve).
Speci®c consequences are de®ned as follows: the Child Support Act will destroy single mothers'/children's independence from men by denying them Income Support; it will discourage women from escaping from violent relationships; it will open the way for greater levels of government surveillance; it will increase the poverty trap for single mothers by removing supplementary bene®ts such as free prescriptions, dental care and milk vouchers; and it will `reimpose a Dickensian discipline, by reversing the movement of all kinds of people to follow their preferred family relationships, lifestyle and sexual orientation, despite limited incomes' (Legal Action for Women 1992: 47).