Women and Minorities vs. Sartre: Win, Win … Win!

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In this article, I argue that Sartre’s biography of Jean Genet, Saint Genet Actor and Martyr, can serve as an instrument of liberation for pariahs living today. Like Sartre, I define the word “pariah” to mean people who have suffered trauma in their lives and who are internally and socially oppressed as a consequence. Saint Genet’s power to free us arises paradoxically out of the conservative aspects for which it has been criticized in the last few years.