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Feminist Philosophy

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2001

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Only Blood Would Be More Red: Irigaray, Merleau-Ponty And The Ethics Of Sexual Difference, Helen A. Fielding Apr 2001

Only Blood Would Be More Red: Irigaray, Merleau-Ponty And The Ethics Of Sexual Difference, Helen A. Fielding

Helen A Fielding

Irigaray turns to Merleau-Ponty's intuitions about the perception of color to develop her own insights into the creative emergence of sexuate identity. As a quality of the flesh, color cannot be reduced to formal codes. The privileging of word and text inherent to Western culture suppresses the coming into being of the embodied subject in his or her own situated context. Color, tied as it is to a corporeal creativity could provide an important link since it facilitates reflection, and a re-enfleshing through color of a differentiated sexuate identity tied to the imagination as well as to genetic identity.