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Call, Lewis. “Woman as Will and Representation: Nietzsche’s Contribution to Postmodern Feminism.”



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Call, Lewis. “Woman as Will and Representation: Nietzsche’s Contribution to Postmodern Feminism.” Women in German Yearbook 11 (1995): 113-129. (17)
Like most other theories soaked in the feminist movement, postmodern feminism embraces two positions: “woman as multiple and woman as representation”.81 Lewis Call’s piece, “Women as Will and Representation: Nietzsche’s Contribution to Postmodern Feminism”, argues that through his attempts at reconstructing the definition of truth Nietzsche works at creating a new realm of “representation or metaphor of women [that] can be viewed as the beginning of a radical new feminism”.82 Pulling from various other feminist critiques and theorists outside of Nietzsche, Call directs one of his more interesting points to circle around Donna Haraway’s “cyborg”. Haraway’s “cyborg” is intact in a postgender society and, as she writes, is not preoccupied with “seductions to organic wholeness through a final appropriation of all the powers of the parts into a higher unity”.83 At first glance a symbol not necessary representative of feminism, Haraway’s “cyborg” represents woman in that she “does not exists a subject” but instead can thank her whole creation on societal sexual appropriation”.84 This is an ideal which has been difficult to swallow for many feminists, and so there has remained a divide in how to handle it. Though Call’s piece invokes many gems of a moment where there is a muted line drawn between postmodern feminism and Nietzscheian philosophy, most of his piece is preoccupied with Nietzsche’s notions of woman being just a bit less evil than man – “for deep down in his soul man is merely evil, while woman is bad”.85 This statement, in and of itself, is so paradoxical to the ideals of feminism, as it all at one expels women as separate beings from men, calls about the inequality granted to women as inherently different than men, and creates a hierarchy in the genders which feminism is clear about disassembling, no matter which way the benefit leans.




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