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Dianna Taylor on "Sexual Violence and the Colonization of Women’s Bodies: C...
Fri 20 May 2016, 15:00 – 16:30 IST
The Society for Women in Philosophy Ireland cordially invites you to a talk by Prof. Dianna Taylor (Associate Professor and Department Chair, Philosophy, John Carroll University) on ‘Sexual Violence and the Colonization of Women’s Bodies: Collective Resistance Versus Individual Resilience.’
“Sexual Violence and the Colonization of Women’s Bodies: Collective Resistance Versus Individual Resilience”
This paper analyzes sexual violence as a manifestation of the colonization of women’s bodies and considers how such violent colonization might be effectively resisted. It begins by showing that sexual violence functions to humiliate and, therefore, to individuate; as such it inhibits effective feminist resistance. The paper then extends existing critiques of the discourse of resilience, showing that it supports a neoliberal stance which holds individual women responsible for protecting themselves against sexual violence, thereby blaming those who “fail” to do so and valorizing as “resilient” those who “succeed.” The paper concludes by presenting possibilities for effective collective feminist resistance.