What you come into contact with is shaped by what you do: bodies are orientated when they are occupied in time and space. Bodies are shaped by this contact with objects. What gets near is both shaped by what bodies do, and in turn affects what bodies can do. The nearness of the philosopher to his paper, his ink and his table is not simply about ‘where’ he does his work, and the spaces he inhabits, as if the ‘where’ could be separated from ‘what’ he does. The ‘what’ that he does is what puts certain objects within reach, just as it keeps other things in the background. What comes into view, or what is within our horizon, is not a matter of what we find here or there, or even where we find ourselves, as we move here, or there. What is reachable is determined precisely by orientations we have already taken. Or we could say that orientations are about the directions we take that put some things and not others in our reach.
Sara Ahmed, A Phenomenology of Whiteness