Friday, March 2, 2012

Karla Homolka and the Absence of Feminist Criticism



Due to her well-documented history of depravity and violence, Canada's most hated woman secured her very own chapter in Killing Women: The Visual Culture of Gender and Violence.

Dealing with the Devil: Karla Homolka and the Absence of Feminist Criticism
Belinda Morrissey
In: Killing Women - The Visual Culture of Gender and Violence
Edited by Annette Burfoot and Susan Lord
Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2006
xxii + 332 pp. / isbn-13: 978-0-88920-497-3 / isbn-10: 0-88920-497-7

3 comments:

  1. Morrissey is a liar to put it bluntly. Her erroneous observation doesn't come from observing academic gender studies journals, where there are critiques of the case, and criticisms of their subject, from _more than one_ feminist perspective, she simply bases her delusions on the absence of criticism among high-profile "feminist" journalists.

    I'm no feminist, I'm not even a woman, but anyone with even a remote engagement with feminist theory can easily tell how Morrissey and those like her are nothing more than people with an agenda against feminism who conveniently ignore literature that goes against their agenda, and can do so as soon as they reduce feminism to some kind of single body of thinkers. There is no feminism, only feminisms, and only an ideologue or a complete and utter idiot would reduce the debate to feminism says this or that, or feminists (which ones?) don't say much about this or that, and therefore "feminism" has nothing to say about Karla Homolka.

    There are feminists critical of Homolka, but not only does this much make Morrissey a liar, it shows that she is a woman who will _use_ a criminal case as horrific as this to push her own agenda, which is not only insensitive, it's seriously ******-in-the-head sick.

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  2. Your arguments regarding the foundation and possible motivations surrounding this body of work are very interesting; a valuable contribution to the broader discussion.

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  3. It wasn't feminists who created Karla Homolka, rather anti-feminists. Feminists would have kicked both her and Bernardo to the curb.

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