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’…
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.
The Hunger Games stands in opposition not just to one book/series, but to a whole popular culture rooted in the imagination of women as sexual objects.
Seeing Catching Fire again made me think of Valerie Walkerdine’s article Popular Culture and the Eroticization of Little Girls that we read, specifically the section on “Eroticized Femininity and the Working-Class Girl.”
Tutera describes wearing her first suit as “revolutionary,” because “it revolutionized my relationship with myself.” It gave her confidence, making her feel “like the most self-possessed, at-ease, handsome version of myself that had ever existed.”
Why it’s hard for me, as a woman who would like to feel empowered, to see my parents again after being away for so many months…
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.