Restating the Problem of One-Size-Fits-All

July 2, 2014 § Leave a comment

Last week, we encountered Rey Chow’s discussion of postmodernism and its various encounters. Postmodernism’s “global” (though unapologetically occidental) perspective groups feminism with other “marginalised discourses”– a sort of levelling out that erases difference between struggles and material experience. Federici gave us an example of a material struggle taking place in various countries in Africa.  Colonialism brought a relation to land that was incompatible with the pre-colonial relation to land. The neoliberal drive to privatise land and sell to outside corporations is acting as a new colonialism. Both processes leave women without land, which means that they cannot subsistence farm, that they cannot feed their families, that they have no income.

This week we’ll be reading Frank B. Wilderson III’s “The Prison Slave as Hegemony’s (Silent) Scandal” and Angela Davis’s “We Do Not Consent: Violence Against Women in a Racist Society,” in which we’ll see the postmodern indifference reproduced in white supremacy, and clashing material struggles within a broadly feminist framework.

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