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Ashleigh Barnes

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199452941

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199452941.001.0001

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Feminism’s Estrangement

Feminism’s Estrangement

Critical Reflections on Feminist Engagements with Law in India*

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Feminisms of Discontent

Ratna Kapur

Oxford University Press

The Slutwalk campaigns around the world have triggered a furious debate on whether it advances or limits feminist legal politics. This article examines the position of Slutwalk in the context of feminist legal advocacy in India and discusses whether its emergence signifies the demise of feminism or its incarnation in a different guise. The author argues that Slutwalk provides an important normative and discursive challenge to a specific strand of feminism based on male domination and female subordination in the area of sexuality. It serves as a space clearing gesture, a form of feminism lite, rather than offering a transformative or revolutionary politics, and thus enables the possibility of feminist theoretical positions that have hitherto been marginalized or ignored in feminist legal advocacy to emerge.

Keywords:   Slutwalk, dominance feminism, feminist critique, postcolonial India, feminist legal advocacy, feminism lite

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