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 poststructuralism, 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.
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
Jessica Joy Cameron’s book is both a provocative challenge to conventional interpretations of radical feminism and a wonderful tool for students and scholars wishing to interrogate the taken-for-granted ways that their disciplines have positioned various theories.
Barbara Tomlinson, author of Feminism and Affect at the Scene of Argument: Beyond the Trope of the Angry Feminist
Reconsidering Radical Feminism offers a much-needed intellectual engagement with radical feminism that avoids caricature or misinterpretation but is also critical and constructive. Jessica Joy Cameron describes her own journey from radical feminism to sex-positive feminism and back again, and deftly shows how and why radical feminism remains relevant.
Clare Chambers, author of Sex, Culture and Justice: The Limits of Choice