Sadomasochism as Make-Believe

Hypatia 24 (2):21 - 38 (2009)
Nils-Hennes Stear
University of Southampton
In "Rethinking Sadomasochism," Patrick Hopkins challenges the "radical" feminist claim that sadomasochism is incompatible with feminism. He does so by appeal to the notion of "simulation." I argue that Hopkins's conclusions are generally right, but they cannot be inferred from his "simulation" argument. I replace Hopkins's "simulation" with Kendall Walton's more sophisticated theory of "make-believe." I use this theory to better argue that privately conducted sadomasochism is compatible with feminism
Keywords Imagination  Walton  Feminism  Ethics  Role Play  Make-believe  Appreciation
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DOI 10.1111/j.1527-2001.2009.01030.x
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Review: On Kendall Walton's Mimesis as Make-Believe. [REVIEW]Noel Carroll - 1991 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 51 (2):383 - 387.
Memesis As Make-Believe.Kendall Walton - 1991 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 51 (2):383-387.

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