chapter  7
Femmes Futiles Womanliness, Whiteness, and the Masquerade
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IN FANON'S exegesis of "A Negro is raping me," he uncovers a fantasy of "race," rape, and heterosexuality to reveal the sublimated site oflesbian desire. His "discovery" ofsame-sex desire and cross-gendered and cross-racial identifications at the secret heart of the phantasmatics of race bears a striking resemblance to the fantasy Joan Riviere uncovers en route to revealing "Womanliness as a Masquerade." It is outside the scope of this study to examine the overlap between Riviere's and Fanon's analyses of masquerade in any depth. One place to begin such a study would be a consideration of Riviere's and Fanon's shared concern with the role of language and linguistic mastery in maintaining social distinctions of gender and race, respectively. Reading Riviere and Fanon with and against each other on the topic of fantasy and masquerade might indicate the extent to which sexualized and racialized taboos come together in subject-formation, but generally fall apart in psychoanalytic

accounts of as a Masquerade" and Fanon's Black of this latter tendency.