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Obscene Undersides: Women and Evil between the Taliban and the United States

FEMINIST PHILOSOPHY AND THE PROBLEM OF EVIL, Robin May Schott, Indiana University Press, 2007

22 Pages Posted: 27 Mar 2009 Last revised: 17 Mar 2016

Mary Anne Franks

University of Miami School of Law

Date Written: Winter 2007

Abstract

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."

Keywords: feminism, philosophy, psychoanalysis, Lacan, Zizek, war on terror, sexual violence

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Franks, Mary Anne, Obscene Undersides: Women and Evil between the Taliban and the United States (Winter 2007). FEMINIST PHILOSOPHY AND THE PROBLEM OF EVIL, Robin May Schott, Indiana University Press, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1369367

Mary Anne Franks (Contact Author)

University of Miami School of Law ( email )

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Coral Gables, FL 33146
United States

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