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By Mary Wollstonecraft

One of many earliest contributions to feminist philosophy, Wollstonecraft’s strong treatise at the price of girls in society tackles a number of the patriarchal attitudes typical within the eighteenth century. as well as championing the thought that girls get pleasure from all of the similar primary rights as males, Wollstonecraft argues that males reap the benefits of treating their other halves as partners instead of commodities. Touching upon many subject matters in women’s schooling, A Vindications of the Rights of girl continues to be a daring and strong learn.

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18. Suzanne Bernard, “Tongues of Angels: Feminine Structure and Other Jouissance,” in Reading Seminar XX: Lacan’s Major Work on Love, Knowledge, and Feminine Sexuality, ed. Suzanne Bernard and Bruce Fink (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2002), 171–85. 32 Elizabeth Weed 19. The Seminar of Jacques Lacan, Book XI: The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis, ed. Jacques-Alain Miller, trans. Alan Sherman (New York: W. W. Norton, 1988), 205. 20. See Luce Irigaray, je, tu, nous: Toward a Culture of Difference, trans.

Instead of grappling with a text that displaces or short-circuits its meaning, Irigaray’s reader is called on continually to read deconstructively and to keep the newly forged meanings in play. This task becomes even more challenging in many of the later published works where there is no explicit deconstructive engagement with another text and where the language can seem more or less straightforward. The harder it is, as in these later works, for the reader to maintain a deconstructive 22 Elizabeth Weed stance toward the text, the easier it is for the text to appear transparently referential.

Gillian C. Gill (New York, Columbia University Press, 1991); “To the Envelope: a Reading of Spinoza,” in An Ethics of Sexual Difference, trans. Carolyn Burke and Gillian C. Gill (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1993), 83–94. 16. To Be Two is the title of a book by Irigaray first published in Italian (Essere Due) in 1994. To Be Two, trans. Monique M Rhodes and Marco F. CocitoMonoc (New York: Routledge, 2001). 17. For those not familiar with Lacan’s use of the term, jouissance is “enjoyment,” more in the sense of sufferance than of pleasure and one that the subject doesn’t let go of, dependent for his or her very being on the satisfaction it brings.

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