Failure to critique US empire allows feminist projects to be used and mobilized as handmaidens in the imperial project.
You bump into a man on the subway wearing a trenchcoat. You apologize and he responds “Its alright. We’re only human. All of us. All of us here are human. Yep. Very human. I’m probably the most human here! You betcha.” and then the trenchcoat falls and the figure collapses and roughly 1000 salamanders scatter around the train
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- Parents: be yourself
- Me: -is self-
- Parents: wait no
One of the not so cool things about the internet is that it has helped to produce a class of people who are, relatively speaking, quite comfortable in their general anti-oppression stance. Anti-oppression discourse, nowadays, isn’t even about a politics (i.e. working collectively to change the world you inhabit) as much as it is about style—about speaking the right language, using the right terms, expressing outrage at the right moment, etc. Unlike previous generations of people discussing anti-oppression ideas, we who are members of this class don’t need to go to long, drawn-out meetings or to join activist groups in order to satisfy our desire to be against oppression. The discussion, in many ways, comes to us—just follow the right people, read the right blogs, etc. Anti-oppression, that is, arrives to us with the slick, polished sheen of a mass-marketed commodity.
madeleine sent me this link recently + it has been on my mind a lot
I’m also interested in the intersection between class and access to thory. Being at Penn or at any university or simply having means enables knowledge that few others have. In connection to what we’re reading here, it’s as if knowledge creates a culture of anti-oppression that can be easily dissociated from conscious political work. Glad this was shared; something to think about.