Locating the Critic: Intersectionality and Notes Towards the Politics of…
Locating the Critic: Intersectionality and Notes Towards the Politics of Location
What is the problem?
when it comes to Black women, discrimination laws fail when sexism and racism are looked at as only one vector, we lose Black women and justice. "Deems their discrimination complaints groundless" (146)_
What is the methodology?
the court system is heinous
What is her archive/body of evidence?
legal court cases
Moore v Hughes: Black women doesn't mean "all women" cause what about white women? the doubled identity
DeGraffenreid v General Motors: "to create a new classification of Black women who would have greater standing than a Black male" "only by the mathmatical principles" (ugh)
Payne v Travenol: pits Black women against Black men
the limits of the feminist movement (and it's white-centered perspectives)
What's our way out?
"feminism must include an analysis of race" (166)
it can't be an added diversity, it needs to be a ground-up thing: change the system; jettison the "single-issue from framework discrimination" (152)--reminiscent of the birdcage and viewing macroscopically
Problem: let's be accountable to "intersectionality"; resisting "assimilation" or "hegemony" (from a white, western American perspective)
"I wrote a sentence and xx'd it out" (66)--knowledge is revision, it's reflecting, it repositioning yourself
"I was defined as white before I was defined as female" (67)
Way Out: think about the body, then towards the global: :"Perhaps we need a moratorim on saying 'the body'" (67); "To say 'the body lifts me away from what has given me a primary perspective. To say 'my body' reduces the temptation to grandiose assertions" (67)--let's get specific about how we operate and what skin we're in.
the notes to her friend "Adrienne Rich, 14 Edgevale Rd" (64)--calls on us to position our tiny selves in a whole global movement