Gender Aesthetics

  • Gayle Salamon
Part of the Contributions To Phenomenology book series (CTPH, volume 59)


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).


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  • Gayle Salamon
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  1. 1.Princeton UniversityPrincetonUSA

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