Beyond the Carceral #MeToo

Mapping the schizo-aesthetics of body and desire

Authors

  • Ananya Roy Pratihar Utkal University
  • Saswat Samay Das Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, west Bengal, INDIA

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.31273/eirj.v8i3.632

Keywords:

Zombie, carceral feminism, neo liberalism, populism, post truth, becoming women, #MeToo

Abstract

In this article, we attempt a radical critique of the #MeToo movement. We do not aim to display #MeToo phenomenon as a molarity anchored to the nobility of its supposed historical origin. Rather we showcase it as a nomadological flow. This is a flow that, on the one hand, resonates with and folds the productive intensities of its supposed historical origin. But, on the other hand, it turns into a dangerous mad line of flight with a potential to stultify the relational dynamics of genders. Secondly, we will argue that what lies behind the metamorphosis of ‘Me Too’ activism into a dangerous line of flight, inclined to devilishly restructure the socius, is its precarious connection with the elusive media images. Thirdly we shall show how as a dangerous line of flight #MeToo activism ends up becoming an ally of neo-liberal carceral feminism and governmental schemes of incarceration and surveillance. And finally, we will focus on explaining the positionality of #MeToo in the light of schizo-aesthetics of body and desire.

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Author Biography

Saswat Samay Das, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, west Bengal, INDIA

Dr. Saswat.S.Das
Associate Professor of Critical theory, Continental thinking, Postcolonial and Postmodern Studies
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
West Bengal, 721302
Contact no: 03222, 283610, 11
Cell No: 09434019044, 08348368444, 07318909158
mail: ssd@hss.iitkgp.ernet.insaswatdas.bapi@gmail.com

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Published

2021-05-06

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