Seeing the wood for the trees: Sexuate difference as an irreducible component of the universal

Roberts, Laura (2010). Seeing the wood for the trees: Sexuate difference as an irreducible component of the universal. In: Sexuate Subjects: Politics, Poetics & Ethics: Abstracs. Sexuate Subjects Conference, London, U.K., (23-23). 3 - 5 December 2010.

Author Roberts, Laura
Title of paper Seeing the wood for the trees: Sexuate difference as an irreducible component of the universal
Conference name Sexuate Subjects Conference
Conference location London, U.K.
Conference dates 3 - 5 December 2010
Proceedings title Sexuate Subjects: Politics, Poetics & Ethics: Abstracs
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Published abstract
Start page 23
End page 23
Total pages 1
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
A recent criticism of the philosophy of sexuate difference contends that this philosophy is unable to adequately accommodate lived differences between women. In this paper I will explore this criticism and suggest that rather than being hostile to differences between women, Luce Irigaray’s philosophy is actually offering a more radical proposal.

One of Luce Irigaray’s concerns is that when we speak of differences in terms of ‘race’ we are returning to the phallocentric binary logic of patriarchy that Luce Irigaray is (and always has been) working constantly to overcome. According to Luce Irigaray we must understand diversity in women’s daily lives as specific. However, to be able to do this, we have to renegotiate the relationship between the material daily realities of women’s lives and cultural categories of, for example, ‘race’. In Between East and West I think Luce Irigaray attempts to provide an example of how to express or experience this relationship by writing about her own personal experiences of yoga and eastern philosophy as a woman situated within ‘western’ culture.

In this paper I have returned to Penelope Deutscher’s reading of Between East and West with a different frame, as a result of my personal engagement with Luce Irigaray. In returning to Deutscher’s work, I hope to draw out the subtle problems that this reading highlights, and ultimately open up a space for a more productive engagement between the philosophy of sexuate difference and multicultural politics’.
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