In Paradise, the "man as city," Ruby, is ultimately shown to be violent, segregated, and purposefully ignorant of feminine historical narrative; the Convent, which like Paradise is a response to history's phallocentricity
, exists as a place where women can heal and learn to love themselves.
3] Which is why what Morris seeks to 'learn' from Bruce Lee does not relate to the erotic and does not simply relate to issues of patriarchy, phallocentricity, heteronormativity, masculinity, or suchlike.
In fact, the crux of Morris's entire article in this regard is that although she sees the grain of truth in Robert Hughes' caricatural comment that 'the world changes more widely, deeply, thrillingly than at any moment since 1917, and the American academic left keeps fretting about how phallocentricity is inscribed in Dickens's portrayal of Little Nell' (184); on the other hand, Morris believes that there has in fact been 'a wide, deep, thrilling change in the world which Robert Hughes has missed'--namely, that 'fretting over phallocentricity is now a popular occupation' (184).
Ironically, both feminism and queer, albeit from very different positions, may be said to constitute reinscriptions of phallocentricity
, and hence replicate that which they seek to displace.
As an analogy to this greater rupture, this splicing within patriarchal systems, I offer the example of Kristevan psychoanalytic methods which are a resistance to the phallocentricity
of the Freudian and Lacanian schools whilst conterminous with the discourse of psychoanalysis which can be named a patriarchal discourse.
of some of the tales might make readers hoping for more woman-centered pleasure impatient.
hooks is claiming that phallocentricity
is the byproduct of racism.
replicates this dynamic and attempts to compensate for externally imposed submission by socially internalizing an overvaluation of the dominant position.
If he privileges phallocentricity
, he ridicules the assumption and arrogance of male domination; if he privileges male homosocial at the expense of heterosocial bonding, and thus frequently seems to denigrate the feminine, he avoids the sorts of homophobia classically defined by Gregory Lehne as a "characteristic of individuals who are generally rigid and sexist"(8) or by Stephen Morin and Ellen Garfinkle as the sort of fear that heterosexual men may have of "their own sexual impulses toward men.
3) Through the exposure of phallocentricity
, psychoanalysis informs us about narrative and the narration of "masculinity" in a way that discloses the extent to which the narratological imperative by which human affairs are cast is inherently masculinist, why this might be so, and what may be achieved through this insight.
With almost equal force, he swings right ("With somnambulistic efficiency, Reagan educated America down to his level") and left ("The world changes more deeply, widely, thrillingly than at any moment since 1917, perhaps since 1848, and the American academic left keeps fretting about how phallocentricity
is inscribed in Dickens's portrayal of Little Nell").
Women's access to discourse involves submission to phallocentricity
, to the masculine and the symbolic: refusal, on the other hand, risks reinscribing the feminine as a yet more marginal madness or nonsense.