Friday, March 16

Working on Others

In my head the Other can be a lot more than Woman. In the care sphere – the home sphere – Man has traditionally been the Other – to western feminists non-western feminists more or less unconsciously became the Other at some point, and the Christians most certainly materialize the Other for most Muslims – and vice versa. Society is stuffed with relations where the Other is part of a meticulously maintained power hierarchy that will loose its ground without – the Other. Within the feminist communities a lot of us experience to be Others – or indeed to recognize other groupings as such. This it how it is – and probably how it will be. The tricky part is how to ensure respect and true acknowledgement of the Other – attempting to minimize the hierarchic structures and pursue a coexistence of viable Others.

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