Yet, for all her feminist fervour in liberating female sexuality from a phallocentric
world, what she conveniently overlooks apart from a brief reference to culture, is the extent to which both religion and culture have played a role in suppressing any scientific enquiry on sex for ages.
16) Essentializing the female body was a problem because women were consistently represented as lacking the higher, male qualities championed by a phallocentric
Indeed, African populations south of the Sahara who evolve in relatively identical traditions view the hierarchy as the backbone of their political and economic social organization, and with a phallocentric
character, such an organization affects an incongruous part for women in the political and economic sphere as the principle of authority is left to men who are believed to have an experience of knowledge and therefore the power to direct decisions and give guidance.
They showed that the cinema's idealized subject position not only proffers, as it does for Baudry and Metz, the pleasing and compensatory illusion of a unified subject, it also endows that subject with an impervious if appetitive masculinity, organized by a fantasy of phallocentric
mastery over women.
My examples in the present study demonstrate that Arab women writers decided to be agents of feminist action and social change through their critique of the patriarchal phallocentric
domination and their call for a secular nationalist sensibility.
As a result of their sexual and social impotence, they perform asexual, unsuccessful masculinities according to phallocentric
Of course there were, and still are, many types of "difficult knowledge" in Israeli society: "difficult knowledge" of gender, ethnic, and racial inequalities and forms of oppression, all supported by the phallocentric
and Eurocentric power structures of the state.
She criticizes the group for having arrived at a clear formulation on such questions and, consequently, being in danger of uncritically taking over a number of assumptions--such as the fantasy of the lost origin--that have characterized the phallocentric
intellectual tradition: "Both as object of colonialist historiography as well as subject of insurgency, the ideological construction of gender keeps the male dominant.
She examines the origins of phallocentric
metaphysics and links it to numerous other debates about free-will, the division of mind and body, dualist vs.
3) As critics of machismo, Anderson and Bombal forcefully interrogate the phallocentric
power system that places women in subaltern positions.
Beli's body therefore deeply intertwines womanhood and the objectification, sexualization and brutalization of women under a phallocentric
and severely repressive political regime.
3) While boys may be learning more than girls about physical pleasure, it can be argued that they would benefit from a more relational, less phallocentric
understanding of pleasure.