Representational and attitudinal sexual objectification: philosophical insights from James Tiptree, Jr.’s "And I awoke and found me here on the Cold Hill’s Side'

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Abstract

“James Tiptree Jr.” is a pseudonym of Alice B. Sheldon, US Air Force intelligence officer, CIA analyst, experimental psychologist, and one of the most important and highly acclaimed science fiction writers of the twentieth century. Sheldon’s work as Tiptree (both fiction and nonfiction) deals with a variety of important feminist concerns—among them, sexism, misogyny, objectification, sexual assault, the “otherness” of women, and silencing. This paper explores in a philosophical mode some of the important insights about objectification conveyed in one of Tiptree’s most well-known stories, “’And I Awoke and Found Me Here on the Cold Hill’s Side.” These insights lead naturally to a characterization of sexual objectification that both avoids problems with standard philosophical characterizations and also sheds important light on the relationship between objectification and silencing.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1
Number of pages23
JournalFeminist Philosophy Quarterly
Volume5
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Dec 2019

Keywords

  • Objectification
  • Silencing
  • Dehumanization
  • Tiptree
  • Science fiction
  • Keats

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