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Men’s Business?

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In This Sex Which Is Not One, Luce Irigary offers the following analysis of how women are defined by cultural systems. “Socially, they are ‘objects’ for and among men and furthermore they cannot do anything but mimic a ‘language’ that they have not produced; naturally, they remain amorphous, suffering the drives without any possible representatives or representations.” Can theatre serve as a platform to challenge these definitions and as a place for different types of representations?

Given Irigary’s statements that “all systems of exchange that organize patriarchal societies…are men’s business” and that within these societies, it is assumed that women’s “responsibility is to maintain the social order without intervening so as to change it”, is it possible for theatre (as one of these ‘systems’) to have any hope of succeeding? Is Irigary suggesting that our cultural systems have an entrenched ‘logic of sameness’ that may be impossible to break free from?

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This entry was posted on October 5, 2011 by in writings and tagged , .

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I've created this site to document and share research and activities related to my Masters of Arts program. It's partially a blog, partially a journal, partially whatever you want it to be. Feel free to have a good look around at what I'm reading, seeing, writing and thinking about. I'd love to see/hear your comments.

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