Another Solipsism: Rae Langton on Sexual Fantasy
Northwestern University School of Law
September 26, 2012
Washington University Jurisprudence Review, Vol. 5, 2013
Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 12-24
The feminist critique of pornography focuses on the evils that pornography brings about. That critique is, however, also animated by a positive ideal of sexuality. I examine this positive ideal as developed by Rae Langton, who has recently offered a sustained philosophical account of the feminist critique. Langton’s ideal is a fundamentally defective and self-defeating aspiration, likely to thwart rather than to facilitate the interpersonal communion she values. It paradoxically reproduces the solipsism it denounces. The defects of her ideal strengthen the case for other, more pornography-friendly forms of feminism.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 27
Keywords: Feminism, Langton, Pornography, Obscenity
JEL Classification: K00, K19
Date posted: September 26, 2012 ; Last revised: January 8, 2016
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