PRINT May 2008

MAY ’68

art and logic

I HAVE SOMETIMES WONDERED how an aesthetician like myself could have ended up on the front lines of Radical Feminism. On the one hand, it seems incongruous; on the other hand, radical politics—like aesthetics—is, at its best, a process of both critiquing a problem in its most fundamental form and trying to envision a better way for human beings to organize themselves in relation to one another.

To borrow a revolutionary move from the Abstract Expressionists, the first step is to break out of the frame. But in the case of Radical Feminism, this is more like extricating oneself from a set of nested Chinese boxes: one within another and another. When have you truly reached the last box, the last frame?

First, you must eliminate the institutions that have defined women: marriage, family, prostitution, and so forth. But what underlies and in fact generates these institutions—and

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