Existential Eroticism: A Feminist Approach to Understanding Women's Oppression-Perpetuating Choices

2016.08.21 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Shay Welch, Existential Eroticism: A Feminist Approach to Understanding Women's Oppression-Perpetuating Choices, 2015, Lexington
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2016.08.21 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Shay Welch, Existential Eroticism: A Feminist Approach to Understanding Women's Oppression-Perpetuating Choices, 2015, Lexington Books, 227pp., $90.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781498505413. Reviewed by Tracy Isaacs, Western University Shay Welch's book is an ambitious feminist analysis of women's oppression-perpetuating choices. "Existential eroticism" is stipulated to mean "women's oppression qua beauty and sexuality" (2). Welch focuses on women's actions and choices within existential eroticism, specifically sex work and violent, abusive relationships, and grapples head on with topics of autonomy, agency, adaptive preferences, blame, and forgiveness. Feminist commentary sometimes erases women's agency in these contexts, either framing them as victims or dupes, or unapologetically blaming women for what, upon close inspection, amount to choices made under restrictions ranging from duress, to necessity, to systemic. . .

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