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Queer Politics and Sexual Modernity in Taiwan$
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Hans Tao-Ming Huang

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9789888083077

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888083077.001.0001

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Modernising Gender, Civilising Sex: State Feminism and Perverse Imagination

Modernising Gender, Civilising Sex: State Feminism and Perverse Imagination

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(p.143) 5 Modernising Gender, Civilising Sex: State Feminism and Perverse Imagination
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Queer Politics and Sexual Modernity in Taiwan
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Hans Tao-ming Huang

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888083077.003.0006

The sexual politics of Liu Yu-hsiu is pivotal in the hegemonic ascendancy of Taiwan state feminism. Through examining Liu's psychoanalytically mediated essays of social criticism, this chapter delineates the contour of Liu's sexual imaginary within the context of 1990s feminist and queer politics. Liu's modernising project, this chapter argues, upholds heterosexual monogamy as a feminist ideal that seeks to purge all the perversion and promiscuity. Meanwhile, queers and prostitutes come to be figured as the very negativity that must be foreclosed. Yet like the Lacanian Real, they impinge on the symbolic order that Liu ordains as they thwart her desire to civilise sex.

Keywords:   state feminism, psychoanalysis, prostitution, monogamy, stigma

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