Oxford University Press (2019)

Mary Kate McGowan
Wellesley College
We all know that speech can be harmful. But how? Mary Kate McGowan argues that speech constitutes harm when it enacts a norm that prescribes that harm. She investigates such harms as oppression, subordination, and discrimination in such forms of speech as sexist remarks, racist hate speech, pornography, verbal triggers, and micro-aggressions.
Keywords speech acts, feminism, free speech, hate speech, language, exercitive, implicature, oppression
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ISBN(s) 9780198829706   0198829701   019289739X
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