Neutrising. Emancipation(s) Through Neutrality
Original title: Neutriser. Emancipation(s) par le neutre
Inequality is too often the result of difference. What if neutrality contained an authentic revolutionary force capable of unprecedented ethical and political changes? A brilliant essay by one of the most promising French philosophers.
Lila Braunschweig has spent her life studying how social and institutional processes of categorization extend gender hierarchies and how suspending gender assignations could lead to a critical reconstruction of neutrality as a concept for gender justice. In other words, she suggests that we need to neutrize: from administrative forms, to public toilets, through the questions we ask to people we meet and what we expect from our love partners. Neutrality could become an active everyday tactic, both private and public, with real ethical and political repercussions. At the intersection of feminist theory and contemporary political philosophy, and by using everyday examples, this book gives neutrality the stage and restores all its subversive potential.