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
Date Written: Winter 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."
Keywords: feminism, philosophy, psychoanalysis, Lacan, Zizek, war on terror, sexual violence
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