What's Left of Pleasure? A Book Review of Janet Halley's Split Decisions: How and Why to Take a Break from Feminism
Mary Anne Franks
University of Miami School of Law
Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, Vol. 30, 2007
This book review evaluates Janet Halley's "hedonics of critique," a theoretical approach that prioritizes the celebration of pleasure over harm - harm that Halley claims Feminism has not only unduly emphasized but has in many cases created in and for women. This review suggests that this hedonics of critique ignores harm, especially sexual harm, in favor of a quasi-Foucauldian imperative to enjoy.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 9
Keywords: feminism, feminist legal thought, Janet Halley, Foucault, sexual violence, rapeAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: March 27, 2009 ; Last revised: April 20, 2009
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