By Rae Langton

Rae Langton right here attracts jointly her ground-breaking paintings on pornography and objectification. On pornography she argues from uncontroversial liberal premises to the debatable feminist conclusions that pornography subordinates and silences ladies, and that girls have rights opposed to pornography. On objectification she starts off with the conventional concept that objectification consists of treating an individual as a specific thing, yet then exhibits that it's via one of those self-fulfilling projection of ideals and perceptions of ladies as subordinate that girls are made subordinate and handled as issues. those debatable essays in feminist philosophy can be stimulating interpreting for a person attracted to the prestige of ladies in society.

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"Langton's paintings on objectification and sexual solipsism offers much less of a problem and extra of an enticement to go into into the talk, considering the fact that whereas this can be a space that has already been explored by way of many different philosophers, it really is imperative to any philosophical dialogue of sexuality, and it truly is no sure bet to find the simplest research of objectification. Langton's paintings would certainly stimulate additional very important learn in this topic." --Philosophy in Review

"This assortment brings jointly in a single convenient quantity all of her very important paintings during this area.... Langton's crisp, transparent, and cautious argumentation proves that philosophy has a lot to supply the socially, politically or even legally charged matters addressed the following. This e-book won't disappoint. In sum, the publication is superb.... this is often feminist scholarship at its best possible. It's first-class philosophy."--Mary Kate McGowan, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

"The essays in Sexual Solipsism confront probably the most hugely charged questions that come up in family members among the sexes. What occurs whilst one individual objectifies one other? What allows a few to be silenced via others, although their freedom to talk? How can injustice, or maybe the adoption of an epistemic or sensible point of view, undermine the potential of intimacy? Rae Langton's insightful solutions to those questions exhibit a heady mixture of readability, rigor, ardour and wit. not often have I loved or profited from examining a suite more."--Michael Smith, Princeton University

"Some feminists are interested in Audre Lorde's comment that, 'The master's instruments won't ever dismantle the master's house.' the easiest refutation of that pessimism is Rae Langton's Sexual Solipsism. those effective essays chisel away at patriarchal inspiration, particularly its occasionally lazy defenses of loose speech and shallow notions of autonomy. yet they accomplish that through wielding the sharpest instruments within the package of recent philosophy. Langton's conclusions problem many liberals; her tools problem many feminists. this is often femininst philosophy at its best."--Leslie eco-friendly, college of Oxford

"Rae Langton's Sexual Solipsism is a wonderful instance of feminist philosophy. Crisp, lucid, analytically adept, passionately engaged, imaginatively creative, it is going to the center of concerns bearing on pornography and the 'objectification' of girls like not anything else within the literature, displaying how stable philosophy can provide us assets to confront the various world's worst evils. A must-read for all who care approximately social justice."--Martha Nussbaum, collage of Chicago

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But there is another, less dramatic but equally effective, way. Let them speak. Let them say whatever they like to whomever they like, but stop that speech from counting as an action. More precisely, stop it from counting as the action it was intended to be. That is the kind of silencing I will consider, and it is a kind of silencing about which Austin had something to say, without commenting on its political significance. Some speech acts are unspeakable for women in some contexts: although the appropriate words can be uttered, those utterances fail to count as the actions they were intended to be.

Speech acts and unspeakable acts 29 depend, in general, on the effects they have, and the actions they are. On MacKinnon’s view pornography is speech, not conduct, but it is speech that should be left unprotected for the same kinds of reasons that other actions are sometimes left unprotected: because of the effects they have, and because of the actions they are. Austin and MacKinnon are emerging as close, if unlikely, cousins. In this essay I exploit the work of the former to illuminate and defend the latter.

Speech other than pornography may subordinate and silence women, and this raises important questions that are beyond the present project. But I will develop an analysis of the claims about subordinating and silencing that, if correct, will vindicate an argument that has been dismissed as philosophically incoherent. Whatever grounds one might have for doubting MacKinnon’s conclusions, philosophical indefensibility is not among them. Understanding how pornographic utterances are speech acts will help to vindicate the claim about subordination.

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