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My wife and I are celebrating our 37th anniversary. In honor of the occasion, I thought to revise and extend my remarks, as they say in the "Other" Washington, by citing a famous passage from Luce Irigaray's "The Power of Discourse." Although I cannot altogether agree with her Lacanian presuppositions, she nevertheless comes off quite well. Even feminists might agree.

This "style" or "writing" of women tends to put the torch to fetish words, proper terms, well-constructed forms. This "style" does not privilege sight: instead, it takes each figure back to its source, which is among other things tactile. It comes back in touch with itself in that origin without ever constituting in it, as some sort of unity. Simultaneity is its "proper" aspect — a proper(ty) that is never fixed in the possible identity-to-self of some form or other. It is always fluid, without neglecting the characteristics of fluids that are difficult to idealize: those rubbings between two infinitely near neighbors that create a dynamics. Its "style" resists and explodes every firmly established form, figure, idea, or concept. Which does not mean that it lacks style. Luce Irigaray, 'The Power of Discourse,' This Sex Which Is Not One, Ithica: Cornell University Press, 1985, 79.

Naturally and properly, we're off on a holiday, and I thought to say as much here. Cheerio!


Happy Anniversary!! Beautiful weather just for you.

Also, I think you meant Irigaray and not Irigary. I don't altogether see eye to eye with her either.

In any case, enjoy your vacation.


Posted by Allison on July 24, 2003 05:32 PM

Swiftly corrected — "Proper words in proper places" is my motto.

Thanks, Allison, for your kind note.

Posted by
Styles on July 25, 2003 12:10 AM

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