The Wolf of Wall Street and Christmas Cheer

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’…

You are twenty, you are a woman.

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.

What I said when I realized I shouldn’t say

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.