Obscene Undersides: Women and Evil between the Taliban and the United States
Mary Anne Franks
University of Miami School of Law
FEMINIST PHILOSOPHY AND THE PROBLEM OF EVIL, Robin May Schott, Indiana University Press, 2007
This paper proposes to supplement an American self-identity predicated on a model of absolute difference from the Taliban (good versus evil, etc.) by exploring affinities between their respective ideologies. The place of "woman," within and through the preponderance of sexual exploitation/violence common to both, is the starting point of this analysis. This article reads the two conflicting powers in a Lacanian/Zizekian dyad of the "Law" and its "obscene superego underside."
Number of Pages in PDF File: 22
Keywords: feminism, philosophy, psychoanalysis, Lacan, Zizek, war on terror, sexual violence
Date posted: March 27, 2009
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