Reconsidering Radical Feminism

Affect and the Politics of Heterosexuality

Jessica Joy Cameron

  • Published: 2018. Paperback November 2018
  • Subject Listing: Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Bibliographic information: 160 pp., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: US rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

What's the right way to be a feminist? Reconsidering Radical Feminism is not only a clear, precise summary of late twentieth-century feminist debates about the politics of heterosexuality. It's also an examination of how we become invested in arguments that position us as particular kinds of feminists - and as gendered subjects. Through the lens of post-structuralism, queer theory, and affect theory, Jessica Joy Cameron investigates the legacy of the passionate dispute between radical feminism and sex-positive feminism. In doing so, she reveals the timeliness of her subject as contemporary policies about sexual assault, consent, and safe spaces come under scrutiny.
Jessica Joy Cameron is a feminist theorist and visual artist. She lives in Waterloo, Ontario.
Introduction: Radical Attachments

1. Radical Deconstructions of Heterosexual Practice: Reading Heterosexual Intercourse
2. Naming Experience, Experiencing a Name: Discourse, Sexual Assault, and the Workings of Affect
3. Heterosexist Pornographies and Sex Work: Transgression, Signification, and the Politics of Shame
4. Paranoid Witness and Reparative Disengagement: Reading Feminist Writings on Heterosexuality

Conclusion: Ambivalent Attachments