9 Pages Posted: 27 Mar 2009 Last revised: 17 Mar 2016
Date Written: Winter 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.
Keywords: feminism, feminist legal thought, Janet Halley, Foucault, sexual violence, rape
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Franks, Mary Anne, What's Left of Pleasure? A Book Review of Janet Halley's Split Decisions: How and Why to Take a Break from Feminism (Winter 2007). Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, Vol. 30, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1369354