FOLLOWED BY A DISCUSSION
TACTICAL TRIALS: (SELF) DEFENSE IDENTITY LOVE RESPONSIBILITY: a razor's edge between empowerment and self-punishment, no wave feminism, size 5 steel-toed boots, intentional dysfunction and high-skill fabrication of sight, site, situation::::
"Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and fighting for you, rather fighting for others, thinking, talking with and for others...it means that you do not treat your body as a commodity with which to purchase superficial intimacy or economic security, rather as a tactical tool leveraged in defense of your own rights and the rights of those weaker than you are. "
-- Adrienne Rich
“I am too intelligent, too demanding, and too resourceful for anyone to be able to take charge of me entirely. No one knows me or loves me completely. I have only myself”
― Simone de Beauvoir
"I have to find of cultural translation, modes of encounter, modes democratic participation, which actually work to foster understanding, without mandating unity. And it also means that when I take responsibility it is not a grandiose act, it’s not a narcissistic act, in which I am responsible for the entirety of the world. No, I place myself in a vividly decentered way in a world with others, who are their own centers, and which I must understand to live socially, to live democratically, to live in a polity, is always to in some sense be displaced by the subject. It is partially what it is to live in a culturally diverse, democratic culture. But if one finds that the modes of communication and deliberation that allow for that to exist in its complexities, then I think we have the chance to take a kind of collective responsibility. But one cannot take collective responsibility alone. It is something taken with others."