Lisa McKeown, Acknowledging Passionate Utterances

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Acknowledging Passionate Utterances

In the #MeToo movement, we see a spectrum of perpetrators: on the one hand, we have those who knowingly violate their victims (think Weinstein or Cosby). On the other hand, we have those who transgress without realizing (think Aziz Ansari). The latter case often happens because the transgressors do not realize their partner is trying to refuse them. But how is this possible? Lisa McKeown uses Stanley Cavell’s notion of “passionate utterances” to respond to Rae Langton’s theory that pornography implies women’s refusals shouldn’t be taken seriously. She argues that acknowledgement is a practical, emotional skill necessary for conversational ethics and understanding systematic, gendered miscommunication.

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Lisa McKeown
Sheridan College (PhD, The New School)


Mon, Feb 6, 2023
04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto
200 Larkin