16 In this light, female fetishism–the significance of girl to “contest reality” and…

16 In this light, female fetishism–the significance of girl to “contest reality” and…

16 In this light, female fetishism–the significance of girl to “contest reality” and to “deny that she’s lacking a dick”–can be interpreted in Acker’s belated act as a disavowal of lobotomy as a kind of castration with which ladies (but not just ladies) are threatened.

As a result, its indistinguishable through the declaration that is performative of own possibility. Just like, based on Butler, the phallus attains its status being a performative statement (Bodies 83), so too Acker’s announcement of feminine fetishism, read due to the fact culmination of her pointed assaults on penis envy, situates the feminine fetish within the interpretive space exposed between your penis additionally the phallus as privileged signifier. This statement defetishizes the “normal” fetishes during the base of the Lacanian and Freudian types of feminine heterosexuality: for Lacan, your penis once the biological signifier of “having” the phallus, as well as for Freud, the child because the only appropriate replacement for that shortage, it self a signifier of a solely feminine biological ability. Nevertheless the fetish in Acker fundamentally replaces something which exists in neither Freud nor Lacan; it functions as the replacement for a partially deconstructed penis/phallus that plays the role of both terms and of neither. Maybe for this reason Acker devotes therefore attention that is little describing the fetish item it self; it really is just as if the representation of this item would divert an excessive amount of attention through the complex nature of just what it disavows. Airplane’s cross-dressing is just one of these of a pattern that recurs throughout Acker’s fiction, by which an apparently fetishistic practice, while the fear it can help to assuage, is described without proportional focus on the item (in this instance male clothes).…