At the Heart of Freedom by Drucill Cornell

By Drucill Cornell

Cornell writes a posh theoretical piece that takes time to digest for any feminist reader yet total her theories are serious for the evolution of feminism within the twenty-first century! I additionally suggest among ladies and Generations as a follow-up to totally knowing dignity and the imaginary area.

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Still, because sex and intimate life are so important to us, we need to be recognized as the source of our own evaluations and representations of how we are to live out our sexuality. In this way the imaginary domain is consistent with the priority that political liberalism gives to liberty. The Idea of Our Equal Intrinsic Value In my interpretation, the idea of intrinsic value derives from the political concept of the free person. Each of us is a unique person who has one life to live and whose integrity and freedom must be recognized by the law and other basic institutions.

What designing a life means varies according to circumstances. It can mean being a proud lesbian sergeant. It can mean choosing not to be a mother by having an abortion, or it can mean setting forth a relationship with a same-sex partner and then deciding to parent openly and lovingly together.

To deny a person the space to live out her sexuate being as it is presented and represented in her persona is potentially to undermine her most basic sense of self. Bodily integration and sexual representation go hand in hand. To have a sexual identity thrust upon one by state-imposed meanings of normal sexuality when it does not suit one’s sexual imago or reimagined representation of one’s sexuate being is inconsistent with the politically liberal ideal of freedom of personality. If the state forces any one of us into the closet because of our sexuate being, it denies us our standing as persons because we are no longer recognized as having the right to define ourselves and to set forth our own vision of what a good life for us would be.

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