In the aftershock of our nation’s annual heteronormative consumerist orgy, also known as the Christmas Season, let us reflect, and recall these sage words from our dear Louis Althusser: The tenacious obviousness of the point of view of production alone, or even of that of mere productive practice are so integrated into our everyday ‘consciousness’…
“Any attire which exposes intimate parts of the human body, especially areas that are of erotic function, is outlawed. Anything above the knee is outlawed. If a woman wears a miniskirt, we will arrest her,” pronounced the minister in a confusing bid to preserve the nation’s modesty.
I feel truly terrible because half the time, my aunt and other relatives do not mean any harm. James Scott, author of “Domination and the Arts” explained that often the subalterns-the subordinate group- often participate in their own subjugation as a strategy chosen over resistance. Though you might have to step away from the famous David and Goliath anecdote, it makes perfect sense. And think about it, David could have easily died. If he did not have the power of God (we are sticking to the original script here), I can imagine that he would have easily died; he had no military training, poor equipment and no backup. If you were David’s friend you would have called him stupid, careless, rebel without a cause? And that’s exactly what James Scott is saying. Resistance, which has a philanthropic and heroic ring to it, is not the choice of the soldier who fights and runs away so he can fight another day…in his own way. Especially is he/she has female children doomed for subordination without the strategy to protect themselves. As Scott says, such ideas of social appropriation are passed down and sometimes forced upon offspring (like me)for their own safety.
This past summer, there were countless articles debating the rights and wrongs of the video & music hit from Robin Thicke called Blurred Lines Earlier this year, there was also backlash on Rick Ross for his allusion to date rape.
I am one Nigerian woman who lived in Nigeria for 18 years trying to write about the story four pained African American women. Though shown in 1996, this story runs through the beginning of history. This is not a call for an online lecture about how I should feel because I am not assuming it is the right or only way to feel, all I know is that I feel this way.
I think we need Elle woods for for this ; it’s a “hairmergency” of all sorts girl. Recently, a black girl was fired from Hooters because she had blonde highlights. (For the full story, please follow this link to Jezebel (http://jezebel.com/black-woman-fired-from-hooters-for-daring-to-have-blond-1450436377. ) Apparently, “black women don’t have blonde in their hair”, or so the management…
Three weeks later after reading Althusser, I still struggle with the notion of escaping ideology. Is it possible? If so, how do we avoid it? Do we want to avoid it?
In an odd way, Rihanna’s ‘Pour It Up’ could be seen as an independent woman/girl power anthem. Rihanna sings about doing all of the things that she wants and still having money afterward.
I had never questioned my ideology of school. Like most, I assume, it is something we never question unless we are forced to. Yet, when Althusser noted that the ISA of school is the most dominant, I began to think of all the ways my ideology of school has affected me.