|Dr. Zuzanna Szatanik (Professor of Gender Studies and Literature)|
.....We discussed, for example, how real thinkers and progressives have been targeted both in the United States and in Europe for being creative in terms of the activist tactics. In this respect, Zuza’s and mine work very much intersect because not only does our work attempt to uncover hidden ideological power (class-struggle, racism, sexism, lookism etc.) but how that power is used to reproduce oppressive conditions for other marginalized and oppressed voices. What is perhaps even more disturbing is how pretend progressives (people who identify themselves as victims of social and political oppression) will use strategies to shame other oppressed groups in the name of self-righteous “justice”. Often groups who deploy these heavy-handed strategies of “shame” are themselves members of highly privileged and powerful groups even though they perceive themselves as victims.
The Unobtainable Object of Desire
Step back: the pattern in the tapestrywon’t tell itself till more of it is made.Although it’s eighty-seven in the shade,we have to work this hard making the hist-ory we need till, trusting it, we’re freeto kiss each other better than when weimagined kissing when we hadn’t kissed.