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Rethinking International Women's Human Rights Through Eve Sedgwick

9 Pages Posted: 25 Mar 2010  

Darren Rosenblum

Pace Law School

Date Written: March 22, 2010


This brief essay is part of a collection in honor of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick. My work looks at how the definition of gender rights around “women” constrains legal norms, as I attempt to understand the tensions between international and comparative notions of equality and identity. Reading Sedgwick’s A Poem is Being Written reminds us that play and playfulness allow us to engage in a freer legal analysis of identity and power. Freud’s scientific dissection of masochistic fantasies in A Child is Being Beaten plays the perfect straight-laced foil to Sedgwick. Reading both essays points to the utility of thinking about the conscious and subconscious within the construction of international women’s human rights (“IWHR”).

Keywords: gender, sex, women, CEDAW, Sedgwick, Freud, human rights

Suggested Citation

Rosenblum, Darren, Rethinking International Women's Human Rights Through Eve Sedgwick (March 22, 2010). Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, Vol. 33, No. 1, p. 350, 2010. Available at SSRN:

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