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Towards a New Feminist Imaginary

Sex and the Signal-free Corridor

This article reflects on the idea of the city shared alike by feminism and neo-liberalism and its regrettable implications for how the question of women's sexual freedom is articulated and defended. It argues that feminist discourse is in need of being rethought and proposes that such rethinking will require taking critical distance from the neo-liberal paradigm and its notion of freedom, as also broadening the scope of feminism to address existential issues facing young women and men today.

In The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte, Karl Marx writes that history repeats itself first as tragedy and then as farce.1 But when farce repeats ­itself ad infinitum, what then? We revert, I submit, to tragedy. In this article, I would like to think about the regrettable entanglement of our discourse as feminists with the ruling paradigm of the present. Feminism conceives of itself as an oppositional force. In crucial ways it is. Society would be radically different if women were treated as equal to men and if all women were treated as equal to each other. So let us grant that at the very outset.

Idea of the City

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