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Sexism: a Femme-Inist Perspective

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This experimental essay offers an auto-ethnography of sexism. Six stories are woven around considering sexism as an ontology, a theory of reality and being for feminists. Based on experiences of feminist training in the US and working in gender studies in Sweden, it discusses how (academic) sexism can become a career, a heritage and an expectation, but also how it gets below the surface and becomes sensational, often through (sexual) shame. Engaging the work of Marilyn Frye, Julia Serrano, Cherrie Moraga and Audre Lorde it aims to put 'sex', as in sexuality, back into sexism. It also outlines how feminism can reproduce sexism by making femininity a problem.
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Keywords: ACADEMIA; FEMININITY; FEMME; JULIA SERRANO; MARILYN FRYE; ONTOLOGY; SEXISM

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 15 December 2015

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