“Only within that interdependency of difference strengths, acknowledged and equal, can the power to seek new ways of being in the world generate, as well as the courage and sustenance to act where there are no charters.” — Audre Lorde
I recently read The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House, a short essay by feminist and activist Audre Lorde.
Audre Lorde was a poet, and in reading this gorgeously written and timely essay, it’s easy to see that her passion became her platform on which to advocate for change.
What struck me most about this essay is a very important discussion of the necessity of difference. Read more.
A study of Hegel, and then on to Karl Marx, the never-ending masculinity of the Frankfurt school, through Jacques Derrida, and usually ending somewhere around Michel Foucault before reaching any sort of female philosopher.
Every class, this is the syllabus.
I don’t discredit the importance of learning the history of philosophy as a way to understand our world today.
These philosophers each paved a way for the theorists that would come after them. Karl Marx was heavily influenced by Hegel, the Frankfurt school by Marx, and the three together most definitely played some sort of role in Derrida and Foucault’s (known enemies) research.
In fact, the work of Hegel and Marx is especially prominent in the world of philosophy and critical theory to this day.
Regardless of how prominent their work is, they were far from perfect. Read more.
Today I watched She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, a documentary about the birth and growth of the 1960s women’s liberation movement. It was super interesting, and free for all you Netflix subscribers.
Towards the beginning of the documentary, a woman is shown holding a sign saying “Women and typewriters are not inseparable.”
It’s a small slogan, used at the time to fight for equality in the workforce.
And, it’s clearly been upwards of 60 years since this photo was taken and this sign was used, you’d hope that there’d be no use for it now. But, for some reason, this phrase really stuck with me. Read more.
“A revolution is on the way, and it’s partly because we no longer take our standards from the tweedy top. All over the country young girls are starting, shouting and shaking, and if they terrify you, they mean to and they are beginning to impress the world.” — Pauline Boty, The Public Ear, 1963
Pauline Boty is one of my all time favorite artists, but she’s a bit of a mystery.
She was most known for her role as an artist in the British pop art movement, but she died very young. As a result, a large majority of her art was stowed away by her family, most of it not to be seen up until the last two decades. Read more.
“Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.” — Simone de Beauvoir
Today would’ve been Simone’s 111th birthday.
She lived to be 78, and was an activist for everything she believed in till the day she died. I could only hope to be half as active as she was and contribute to something the was as inspiring to the world as her works still are. But hoping for something so far if in the future was not how she did things. Why focus so heavily on something you can’t see, when you can act now on what you can? Read more.