[NetBehaviour] newish book from Autonomedia

Erika Biddle erika at autonomedia.org
Tue Nov 30 16:12:04 CET 2010

A belated announcement for Shannon Bell's Fast feminism (Autonomedia  

Fast feminism is a new-old feminism grounded in politics, performance  
and philosophy. It is in close proximity to feminisms of the  
poststructuralist variety—third-wave feminism, queer feminism,  
cyberfeminism and feminism 3.0.

While fast feminism operates in proximity to other feminisms, its  
‘natural’ home is in queer theory. Queer gets its meaning and its  
politics from its oppositional relationship to hegemonic norms. To  
queer something is to disrupt it, to put it under scrutiny and to  
attempt to change it. Fast feminism takes the hypermasculine speed of  
Paul Virilio and makes it feminist. It is the bastard offspring and  
the happy accident of speed theory.

Fast feminism is a philo-porno-political practice—a pragmatic  
philosophy and politics—enacted by the pornographic sage who moves  
through the text as “FF.” Fast feminist event sites include female  
ejaculation, drag-kinging, an infamous child-pornography trial,  
Bataillean fucking at a women’s bathhouse, posthuman-humachine  
seduction and sex organ tissue-engineering.

FF’s philosophy is lived. Actions count. One resists with one’s body.

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Shannon Bell is a performance philosopher who lives and writes  
philosophy-in-action. Her books include: Reading, Writing and  
Rewriting the Prostitute Body (Indiana University Press, 1994); Whore  
Carnival (Autonomedia, 1995); Bad Attitude/s on Trial, Brenda Cossman,  
Shannon Bell, Lise Gotell and Becki Ross (University of Toronto Press,  
1997); New Socialisms, eds. Robert Albritton, Shannon Bell, John R.  
Bell and Richard Westra (Routledge, 2004); and Fast Feminism.

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Bell is an associate professor in York University’s Political Science  
department, Toronto, Canada. She teaches modern and postcontemporary  
theory, cyberpolitics, postidentity politics, aesthetics and politics,  
violent philosophy and fast feminism.

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For more information: www.fastfeminism.net and www.autonomedia.org

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