QotD: “In postmodernism, the personal, rather than being the political, becomes only and exclusively the personal”

7 Jan

Anti-Porn Feminists

Postmodernists take great pains to elaborate on every nuance of every social system that has been constructed. There is great emphasis on constructions arising from particular places in the social order – a white rich American man will ascribe to a worldview that confirms and legitimizes his position. This is nothing new – radical feminists had this insight years ago – social systems profoundly shape and determine people’s lives in ways that don’t seem readily apparent – even intimate and personal aspects of people’s lives such as gender roles, sexuality, even their sense of self.

Mantilla, K. 1999 “Let them eat text: the real politics of postmodernism”, off our backs, Vol.29, No.8, p.7

In postmodernism, the personal, rather than being the political, becomes only and exclusively the personal – any attempt to create bonds between oppressed individuals or to raise consciousness about how individual experiences are really reflective of…

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