On epiphanies, feminist awakenings, and “Dear Duke Guys”
My column for The (Duke) Chronicle.. "A little pearl of wisdom"
a forgotten account with accumulated interest, paid passage back to the world out there…
“I learnt very quickly how feminists are assigned the status of difficult people, and how that assignment carries an institutional weight. This is what the figure of the feminist killjoy teaches us. It is not only that you are caught up in tense situations but that you become the cause of tension. There is often a social agreement around causality: if you affect some in a negative way, you become the source of negativity not just for them but for others who agree with them. You can inherit an agreement. This is how there can be an expectation that you will be difficult before you even arrive into a situation. The killjoy is often judged to be difficult in advance of what she says, such that whatever she says, she is heard as making things difficult for herself as well for others.” — Sara Ahmed