Since Derrida Spurs, Nietzsche has been posed as woman. With his Postponements, David Farrell Krell pushes Nietzsche further into Derrida's "feminine operation." 1 Krell claims that Derrida and Nietzsche save real women from dogmatic philosophy by writing with the hand of woman: "Writing now with the other hand, as it were, both Nietzsche and Derrida record the plaint of women against 'the foolishness of the dogmatic philosopher'."2 This face of contemporary Nietzsche studies, which not only positions Nietzsche as woman, but also allows Nietzsche critics to position themselves and each other as woman, ( Derrida's illusory position on the margin, Krell's claim that Derrida too writes with the hand of woman) is immediately suspect to the feminist reader. 3
It should seem more than a bit strange that Derrida and his many followers find Nietzsche, the renowned misogynist, defending woman against the dogmatic philosopher, performing the "feminine operation," and "writing with the hand of woman." What kind of a woman would write: Women are "cats, birds, or at best cows." 4 A woman is "a riddle solved by pregnancy." When you go to woman "don't forget your whip!" 5 "Good and bad women want a stick." 6? By making Nietzsche's the voice of woman, don't we merely hear over again that "yes, we women are animals who want to be raped and beaten"?
In light of these misogynist remarks, it is no surprise that Nietzsche maintains that feminism is a disease. 7 Now, however, it is time to turn the tables and use feminist instruments in order to diagnose Nietzsche's frustration with woman. At this juncture in the post-modern obsession with the position of woman, it is time for a feminist rereading of Nietzsche's woman.
I am suspicious of the woman who Derrida and friends claim that Nietzsche imitates/desires. I will argue that Nietzsche's desire can be read as a desire for woman as mother. In his writing he fears woman as anything else. Moreover, Nietzsche does not desire to be-