16 In this light, feminine fetishism–the significance of girl to “contest reality” and to “deny that she’s lacking a dick”–can be interpreted in Acker’s belated act as a disavowal of lobotomy as a type of castration with which ladies (but not just females) are threatened.
As a result, it really is indistinguishable through the declaration that is performative of very very very own possibility. Just like, in accordance with Butler, the phallus attains its status being a performative statement (Bodies 83), so too Acker’s announcement of feminine fetishism, read once the culmination of her pointed assaults on penis envy, situates the feminine fetish into the interpretive space exposed between your penis while the phallus as privileged signifier. This statement defetishizes the “normal” fetishes at the foot of the Lacanian and Freudian types of feminine heterosexuality: for Lacan, your penis because the biological signifier of “having” the phallus, as well as for Freud, the infant whilst the only appropriate replacement for that shortage, it self a signifier of a solely female capability that is biological. However the fetish in Acker eventually replaces a thing that exists in neither Freud nor Lacan; it functions as the replacement for a partially deconstructed penis/phallus that plays the role of both terms and of neither. Maybe this is the reason Acker devotes therefore attention that is little explaining the fetish item itself; its as though the representation of that item would divert an excessive amount of attention through the complex nature of just just just what it disavows. Continue reading “16 In this light, feminine fetishism–the significance of girl to “contest reality” and…”