Object Oriented Feminism by Behar Katherine
The essays in Object-Oriented Feminism explore OOF: a feminist intervention into recent philosophical discourses-like speculative realism object-oriented ontology (OOO) and new materialism-that take objects things stuff and matter as primary. Object-oriented feminism approaches all objects from the inside-out position of being an object too with all of its accompanying political and ethical potentials. This volume places OOF thought in a long history of ongoing feminist work in multiple disciplines. In particular object-oriented feminism foregrounds three significant aspects of feminist thinking in the philosophy of things: politics engaging with histories of treating certain humans (women people of color and the poor) as objects; erotics employing humor to foment unseemly entanglements between things; and ethics refusing to make grand philosophical truth claims instead staking a modest ethical position that arrives at being in the rightby being wrong. Seeking not to define object-oriented feminism but rather to enact it the volume is interdisciplinary in approach with contributors from a variety of fields including sociology anthropology English art and philosophy. Topics are frequently provocative engaging a wide range of theorists from Heidegger and Levinas to Irigaray and Haraway and an intriguing diverse array of objects including the female body as fetish object in Lolita subculture; birds made queer by endocrine disruptors; and truth claims arising in material relations in indigenous fiction and film. Intentionally each essay can be seen as an objectin relation to others in this collection. Contributors: Irina Aristarkhova University of Michigan; Karen Gregory University of Edinburgh; Marina Gr inic Slovenian Academy of Science and Arts; Frenchy Lunning Minneapolis College of Art and Design; Timothy Morton Rice University; Anne Pollock Georgia Tech; Elizabeth A. Povinelli Columbia University; R. Joshua Scannell CUNY Graduate Center; Adam Zaretsky VASTAL.