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Of “sluts” and “arseholes”: Antagonistic desire and the production of sexual vigilance

Of “sluts” and “arseholes”: Antagonistic desire and the production of sexual vigilance

Fanghanel, Alexandra ORCID: 0000-0002-4041-561X and Lim, Jason (2015) Of “sluts” and “arseholes”: Antagonistic desire and the production of sexual vigilance. Feminist Criminology. ISSN 1557-0851 (Print), 1557-086X (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/1557085115613431)

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Abstract

This article examines a contemporary antagonism in gendered safety discourses—the imperative to be free in public space against the obligation to be safe and “properly” feminine. We argue that this produces (and is produced by) contemporary rape culture, which might be contested through recourse to an agonistic ethic. Using qualitative interview data, we examine how participants contest victim-blaming discourses, while limiting how far they will accept the female body’s right to occupy public space. This article has significant implications for approaching social justice, in particular justice for women and their right to occupy public space.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sexual violence, Agonism, Safety, Fear of crime, Public space, Femininity
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Department of Law
Last Modified: 01 May 2019 14:31
Selected for GREAT 2016: GREAT a
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: GREAT 2
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/15188

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