Mary Anne Franks, “What’s Left of Pleasure? A Book Review of Janet Halley’s Split Decisions: How and Why to Take a Break from Feminism”

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This book review appeared in 30 Harv. J. L. & Gender 257 (2007)

Abstract:
This book review critically evaluates Janet Halley’s “hedonics of critique,” a theoretical approach that prioritizes the celebration of pleasure over harm – harm that Halley claims Feminism has not only unduly emphasized but actually created in and for women. This review suggests that this hedonics of critique in fact willfully ignores harm, especially sexual harm, in favor of an uncritical, ahistorical, quasi-Foucauldian imperative to find pleasure wherever one can.

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