Yesterday we had a great (but too brief) discussion about the Enloe and Jaggar readings, particularly these two passages:
ONE: There is no magic formula for reaching fair and workable resolutions of these pressing and complicated problems.The best we can do is resolve to be as open and sensitive as we can to the diversity of interest and range of values involved.This in turn requires us to commit ourselves to seeking as many different perspectives as possible. If we are sincerely concerned with ending the subordination of all women, feminists cannot afford unquestioned assumptions, orthodoxies, or dogmatic commitments to positions alleged to be 'politically correct." Instead, we must find ways of hearing the voices of women muted in the dominant culture, and we must respond to these voices by giving special attention and weight to the concerns they express (Alison Jaggar 11-12).
TWO: So many power structures--inside households, within institutions, in societies, in international affairs--are dependent on our continuing lack of curiosity.'Natural,' 'tradition,' 'always': each has served as a cultural pillar to prop up familial, community, national, and international power structures, imbuing them with legitimacy, with timelessness, with inevitability....I've come to think that making and keeping us uncurious must serve somebody's political purpose (Enloe 3).
For this open thread (which is not required, but is one of your possible choices for the three remaining open threads that you must comment on over the course of the semester), I would like to read more about what you think about these passages and our discussion. Here are a few questions that you could comment on:
- What did you write about in your free-write?
- What do you think about the term "political correctness"? Should we be politically correct? How does the term, "politically correct" get used? What does it mean?
- Are there other ways in which to be respectful towards others?
- What is feminist curiosity?
- (Why) is it important to be curious? Ask questions? Take women's lives seriously?
- Which term makes you more curious: "patriarchy" or "white supremicist capitalist patriarchy?