In other words, the Quran's injunction needs to be borne in mind, at all times, about the mutual goodness which spouses need to render each other when it is enjoined by Allah: "And forget not grace towards one another: Verily Allah sees what you do" (2: 237).12 If only we would be able to understand the depth of the words thus stated, we would think a thousand times before proposing and legislating such bills that may occasion the ventriloquism of misogynistic phallogocentrism
and generate such mindlessly conscious polarization that subscribes to a specious feministic agenda.
This, in combination with the phallogocentrism
of law, reifies colonial status hierarchies through discursive processes of gendered racialization in this case (Smart, 1989).
The answer may be found in terms of ecriture feminine broadly regarding writing and discourse production as a form of resistance to phallogocentrism
. A more concrete answer may also come from Penelope herself, uttered as a theory on writing in existentialist terms, and summarised in one rhetorical question as follows: What would Penelope do without writing?
Woman's ability to express sexual desire is regulated by the phallogocentrism
of Western linguistics; woman is either prudish or promiscuous, virginal or slutty, chaste or immoral--there is no positive connotation to the expression of woman's libidinal self.
Derrida's work reflects and engages with the tradition of Western metaphysics going back to Plato promoting an understanding of the critique of phallogocentrism
as a response to the Western metaphysical tradition.
Derrida denounces the supremacy of Western "phallogocentrism
", a reading of the world marked by the triumph of the masculine and of the logos, with the thought flourishing-since Plato and its dialogues.
Haraway draws attention to knowledge " 'ruled by phallogocentrism
(nostalgia for the presence of the one true Word) and disembodied vision' " by introducing concepts of shared life experience that are "less patriarchal, authoritarian, and anthropocentric" (quoted in Bertens 215).
Given that this concept of 'the human' was colonized by phallogocentrism
, it has come to be identified with male, white, heterosexual, Christian, property owning, standard language speaking citizens.
The more these thinkers tell their students that the root cause of the suffering they see around them is "Western technological thinking" or "phallogocentrism
" or "liberal individualism" rather than old-fashioned greed and selfishness, the more likely those students are to think that by detecting sexism in a soap opera ...
At the same time, Nash spends ten pages carefully establishing the fact that Peter Brooks's 1984 Reading for the Plot is phallocentric, hardly news to those of us who have been resisting Brooks's phallogocentrism
since the 1990s.
If the term phallogocentrism
is one that signals a movement beyond the division of speech and writing, presence and absence, fact and fiction, by revealing the constitutive dependence of the masculine major on the feminine minor, then it continues to exist as a significant trace in the contemporary speech-writing system of humanities research: 'The trace does not appear as such, but the logic of its path in a text can be mimed by a deconstructive intervention and hence brought to the fore' (JD).
Milla's story is further problematized for the reader because it is skewed by what French feminists have called the discourses of phallogocentrism
. (3) Her narrative based on her diaries is both authoritarian and incomplete.