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These political, philosophical, and literary essays mark the first collection of theoretical writing from the acclaimed novelist and French feminist writer Monique Wittig. Paperbackpages. Published February 3rd by Beacon Press first published To see what heteroeexual friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about The Straight Mindplease sign up. Can I find this book? See 1 question about The Straight Mind…. Lists with This Book. Apr 16, dehorsmaisdedans rated it it was amazing Shelves: A rileggere Monique teorica mi scivola sul volto un ghigno compiaciuto: Jun 25, Mentai rated it it was amazing Shelves: Wittig is a radical and refreshing read.

I loved many of these essays. Her language is concise and the essays are short but she gets the ideas delivered so well.

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Nice to think with. Nov 23, Kira rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Recommended to Kira by: I’m still reading this with Serano’s new book in the back of my mind, and especially with Wittig’s essays in the front of my mind, since Butler deals with her “materialist feminism” quite a bit.

For Wittig, all gender, “male” and “female” is part of a single construct which patriarchal oppression created– not vice versa she equates sexual difference theory a la Irigaray with blaming the victim. Gender is how patriarchy marks bodies so that they are processed through the usual undisturbed cha I’m still reading this with Serano’s new book in the back of my mind, and especially with Heterosfxual essays in the front of my mind, since Butler deals with her “materialist feminism” quite a bit.

Gender is how patriarchy marks bodies so that they are processed through the usual undisturbed channels of socialization and heterosexual society operates smoothly.

This is a material semiotic process in which material bodies are made to serve as material signs, which is why she refers to “marking” rather than “construction. Serano introduced that distinction to do justice to her experience of e, painful dissonance among her unconscious sex femalegender expression “tomboyish”and biological sex male.

For Wittig, perhaps Serano was insufficiently processed and marked by the heterosexual order, resulting in her transsexualism.

I don’t know what W. The more witfig question Wittig might raise to Serano is, “The fact that you pass for [in the French sense] a trans lesbian, is more evidence for the fact that lesbians are not women.

And those fugitives from sex who escape the usual channels that mark them as one or the other– are they all fundamentally lesbians? What about gay men? By her logic they are not really men in the heterosexual sense, which is the only sense in which “man” makes sense to the dominant social order that creates men. And what about a transsexual? Wittig’s theory anticipates the possibility of queer transgendered people; in fact, the theory suggests that some element of transgenderism is inevitable when one becomes queer.


It asks whether a lesbian, on Wittig’s theory heterosexua, hetero. Wittig, and certainly Butler in E. It’s wwittig that the word ‘lesbian’ is being applied beyond any recognizable usage here.

Whatever name you wish to put to this sort of relationship, its content is a sort of anti-hetero. Mar 06, Steven rated it it was amazing. As a reader who is infinitely interested in gender politics, I found this collection of philosophical essays very valuable.

This idea is exactly what America needs to examine right now: I feel that readers will be challenged when they read this book to look at themselves and wonder if they have these feelings of gender ambivalence on some level and at what cost it is to live with that tension everyday.

I have always enjoyed reading philosophy, but have very little background in studying it. Nov 19, laura rated it liked it. Oct 06, Ernest rated it liked it. Clear influence, and references to numerous other schools of thought: Marxist dialectics, Structuralist linguists and Semiology are a few of the critical theories Wittig incorporates to deliver her theses.

At its very core, these essays center around rejecting heterosexuality- not just -normativity, and systems of gender that oppress, rob, take. I don’t really identify as a Feminist, much less a radical one like hers.

I was thus quite surprised to see my initial skepticism and even ridicule at so Clear influence, and references to numerous other schools of thought: I was thus quite surprised to see my initial skepticism and even ridicule at some of the earlier essays turn into appreciation for her scathing words.

As much as Wittig is prone to generalizations- sometimes for more essential premises e. Given that the text itself is quite short, at pages in a rather large font, give this a read.

Moreso if you’re already familiar with feminist writers l’ecriture feminine, heh hehbut even if you don’t consider yourself particular sympathetic to such points of view, it’s not a waste of time. Feb 06, Mandy E rated it it was amazing. I love the essays on the constitutive power of language, and her ideas about how that which language assumes as the universal becomes a tyranny in itself white, male, heterosexual.

One hand seems to present the idea that sexual identities are unstable and oppressive, but the other hand seems to reserve some signification for homosexual identity.

But gender, an element of language, works upon this ontological fact to annul it as far as women are concerned and corresponds to a constant attempt to strip them of the most precious thing for a human being — subjectivity. Wittig is probably brilliant, and as a communications and women’s studies double-major, I should love this book.

But her language is just so complex, I had a terribly hard time deciphering her meanings. Maybe someday I’ll be ready to give this one another try.

Oct 17, Melinda rated it liked it Shelves: QUOTES “By not questioning the heterosexual political regime, contemporary feminism proposes rearranging rather than eliminating this system. Likewise, the contemporary development of the notion of ‘gender,’ it seems to me, masks, or camouflages, the relationships of oppression. Often ‘gender,’ even as it attempts to describe the social relations between men and women, lets us ignore, or diminish, the notion of ‘classes of sex,’ thereby divesting these relationships of their political dimension.

I describe heterosexuality not as an institution but as a political regime which rests on the submission and the appropriation of women. There is no escape for there is no territory, no other side of the Mississippi, no Palestine, no Liberia for women. The only thing to do is to stand on one’s own feet as an escapee, a fugitive slave, a lesbian.

It is the fate of women to perform three-quarters of the work of society in the public as well as in the private domain plus the bodily work of reproduction according to a preestablished rate.


Being murdered, mutilated, physically and mentally tortured and abused, being raped, being battered, and being forced to marry is the fate of women. And fate supposedly cannot be changed. Women do not know that they are totally dominated by men, moniqhe when they acknowledge the fact, they can ‘hardly believe it.

They do not need to express it all the time, for penswmiento can scarcely talk of domination over what one owns. Compare this contract with the contract that binds a worker to his employer. The contract binding the woman to the man is in principle a contract for life, which only law can break divorce. It assigns the woman certain obligations, including hegerosexual work.

The work housework, raising children and the obligations surrender of her reproduction in the name of her husband, cohabitation by day and night, withig coitus, assignment of residence psnsamiento by the legal concept of ‘surrender of the conjugal domicile’ mean in their terms a surrender by the woman of her physical person to her husband.

That the woman depends directly on her husband is implicit in the police’s policy of not intervening when a husband beats his wife. The police intervene with the specific charge of assault and battery when one citizen beats another citizen. But a woman who has signed a marriage contract has thereby ceased to be an ordinary citizen protected by law.

The police openly express their aversion to getting involved in domestic affairs as opposed to civil affairswhere the authority of the state does not have to intervene directly hteerosexual it sl relayed through that of the husband.

One has to go to shelters for battered women to see how far this authority can be exercised. Wherever they are, whatever they do including working in the public sectorthey are seen and made sexually available to men, and they, breasts, buttocks, costume, must be visible.

They must wear their yellow star, their constant smile, day and night. One might consider that every woman, married or not, has a period of forced sexual service, a sexual service which we may compare to the military one, and which can vary between a day, a year, or twenty-five years or more. Some lesbians and nuns escape, but they are very few, although the number is growing.

Although women are very visible as sexual beings, as social beings they are totally invisible, and as such must appear as little as possible, and always with some kind of excuse if they do pensamienti. One pensaiento has to read interview with outstanding women to hear them apologizing.

And the newspapers still today report that ‘two students and a woman,’ ‘two lawyers and a woman,’ ‘three travelers and a woman’ were seen doing this or that. For the category of sex is the category that sticks to women, for only they cannot be convinced of outside of it. Only they are sex, the sex, and sex they have been made in their minds, bodies, acts, gestures; even their murders and beatings are sexual. Indeed, the category of sex tightly holds women. Aug 28, Felix rated it really liked it Shelves: The essays collected here are, for the most part, deftly conceptualised and lucidly written, and in many cases the points raised therein came across to me as illuminating, if not downright explosive.