Gender Aesthetics

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The relationship between aesthetics and politics has long had a contested history, and this contestation continues in contemporary receptions of aesthetic theory. Within feminism, debates about the nature and use of aesthetics often engage this larger framework, in which aesthetics and politics are often considered mutually antagonistic. Feminism has both extended and contested this portrayal of aesthetics. In The Ethics of Ambiguity, simone de beauvoir criticizes the aesthetic attitude as one of “detached contemplation,” and understands aesthetics to be “a position of withdrawal, a way of fleeing the truth of the present” (1948: 75–76).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationContributions To Phenomenology
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2010

Publication series

NameContributions To Phenomenology
ISSN (Print)0923-9545
ISSN (Electronic)2215-1915

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy
  • History and Philosophy of Science


  • Aesthetic Theory
  • Artistic Practice
  • Gender Subject
  • Haptic Model
  • Haptic Object


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