A passionate celebrator of "sexual difference," Luce Irigaray was never simply after the social equality that her generation so publicly demanded. She was seeking more fundamentally a society that celebrated the differences between the genders and their coming together in a union without hierarchy. As she formulates it in this compellingly readable introduction to her own thought, Irigaray is writing about how "I" and "You" become "We." Exploring along the way women’s experiences of motherhood, abortion, the AIDS crisis and the beauty industry, this book presents one of the most important thinkers of our day in her own words.
'These translations of Luce Irigaray's works will make a powerful contribution to feminist scholarship in philosophy, political theory, psycho-analysis, linguistics and poetics. Theorists of sexual difference will find a serious and subtle challenge in Irigaray's latest provocations.'- Judith Butler
'Luce Irigaray is, arguably, one of the most original and provocative feminist theorists in contemporary French though.' - Elizabeth Grosz
A Personal Note: Equal or Different 1. The Neglect of Female Genealogies 2. Religious and Civil Myths 3. Women's Discourse and Men's Discourse 4. On the Maternal Order 5. The Culture of Difference 6. Writing as a Woman 7. 'I Won't Get AIDS' 8. Linguistic Sexes and Genders 9. The Right to Life 10. Why Define Sexed Rights? 11. 'More Women than Men' 12. Your Health: What, or Who, is it? 13. How can we Create our Beauty? 14. How Old are You? 15. The Cost of Words 16. So When are we to Become Women?