[NetBehaviour] newish book from Autonomedia
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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