Feminist Review Issue 56: Debating Discourses, Practising by The Feminist Review Collective

By The Feminist Review Collective

Debating Discourses, practicing Feminisms brings jointly foreign debates at the discourses and practices of up to date feminisms. Discussions diversity throughout conflicting analyses of gender and politics on the UN convention at Beijing; nationalism and non secular clash in modern India; Re-imaginings of technology and subjectivity in anglophone technology fiction; and the political and highbrow complexities at stake within the undertaking of lesbian stories within the united kingdom. Contributions from those assorted fields come jointly to offer severe consciousness to the complicated terrain of Feminism within the Nineties.

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9 How, then, do we—feminist scholars, activists and policymakers—formulate responses that allow us to intervene when children are exploited and oppressed and, simultaneously, acknowledge their desires, knowledges, complicities, resistances and abilities to negotiate hegemonic discourses? In what ways can we conceptualize children as actors without reinscribing them as sovereign or unified subjects? This article is based on the premiss that questions of subjectivity are never ‘just academic’ but have concrete implications for how we can respond to specific situations in which the wellbeing and lives of children are in jeopardy.

The concluding section discusses the implications of Ameena’s predicament for feminist intervention and epistemology. What is the role of the modern state in formulating discourses of childhood? What sorts of spaces are available for feminist theorists and activists to engage in a politics of vigilance and intervention with regard to the state’s positions towards children? My aim here is to reflect on the consequences of constructions of subjectivity for the kinds of intervention that feminists can formulate and, hence, to argue that feminist theory and praxis are mutually constitutive.

That Ameena was a minor made her alleged violation even more scandalous. But, clearly, establishing Ameena’s age had a significance that went beyond its legal implications. This was evident from the fact that discussions about her age were invariably cast in terms of the purity of the nation. Childhood was discursively constructed as the space of purity and innocence that the nation was morally bound to protect. At stake was nothing less than the honour of the nation. ’ whether or not al-Sagih had raped her.

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