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Sadomasochism as make-believe

Sadomasochism as make-believe
Sadomasochism as make-believe
In “Rethinking Sadomasochism,” Patrick Hopkins challenges the “radical” feminist claim that sadomasochism is incompatible with feminism. He does so by appeal to the notion of “simulation.” I argue that Hopkins's conclusions are generally right, but they cannot be inferred from his “simulation” argument. I replace Hopkins's “simulation” with Kendall Walton's more sophisticated theory of “make‐believe.” I use this theory to better argue that privately conducted sadomasochism is compatible with feminism.
sadomasochism, fiction, make-believe, feminism, ethics, art, aesthetic appreciation, fantasy, sex behavior
0887-5367
21-38
Stear, Nils-Hennes
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Stear, Nils-Hennes
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Stear, Nils-Hennes (2009) Sadomasochism as make-believe. Hypatia, 24 (2), 21-38.

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In “Rethinking Sadomasochism,” Patrick Hopkins challenges the “radical” feminist claim that sadomasochism is incompatible with feminism. He does so by appeal to the notion of “simulation.” I argue that Hopkins's conclusions are generally right, but they cannot be inferred from his “simulation” argument. I replace Hopkins's “simulation” with Kendall Walton's more sophisticated theory of “make‐believe.” I use this theory to better argue that privately conducted sadomasochism is compatible with feminism.

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Published date: 14 April 2009
Keywords: sadomasochism, fiction, make-believe, feminism, ethics, art, aesthetic appreciation, fantasy, sex behavior

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Local EPrints ID: 419556
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/419556
ISSN: 0887-5367
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Last modified: 04 May 2020 16:34

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