Rethinking International Women's Human Rights Through Eve Sedgwick
Pace Law School
March 22, 2010
Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, Vol. 33, No. 1, p. 350, 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”).
Number of Pages in PDF File: 9
Keywords: gender, sex, women, CEDAW, Sedgwick, Freud, human rights
Date posted: March 25, 2010