Rethinking International Women's Human Rights Through Eve Sedgwick
9 Pages Posted: 25 Mar 2010
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
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