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    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

    “ Culture today is infecting everything with sameness. Film, radio and magazines form a system. Each branch of culture is unanimous within itself and all are a unanimous together. Even the aesthetic manifestations of political opposites proclaim the same inflexible rhythm. The decorative administrative and exhibition buildings of industry differ little between authoritarian and other countries. The bright monumental structures shooting up on all sides show off the systematic ingenuity of the state-spanning combines, toward which the unfettered entrepreneurial system, whose monuments are the dismal residential and commercial blocks in the surrounding areas of desolate cities, was already swiftly advancing. The older buildings around the concrete centers already look like slums, and the new bungalows on the outskirts, like the flimsy structures at international trade fairs, sing the praises of technical progress while inviting their users to throw them away after short use like tin cans. But the town-planning projects, which are supposed to perpetuate individuals as autonomous units in hygienic small apartments, subjugate them only more completely to their adversary, the total power of capital. ”

    —    Adorno and Horkheimer, The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception

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    “ We have less understanding of queerness as a biopolitical project, one that both parallels and intersects with that of multiculturalism, the ascendancy of whiteness, and may collude with or collapse into liberationist paradigms. While liberal underpinnings serve to constantly recenter the normative gay or lesbian subject as exclusively liberatory, these same tendencies labor to insistently recenter the normative queer subject as an exclusively transgressive one. ”

    —    Puar, Terrorist Assemblages, 22

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    “ We can complicate, for instance, the centrality of biopolitical reproductive biologism by expanding the terrain of who reproduces and what is reproduced, dislodging the always already implicit heterosexual frame, interrogating how the production of identity categories such as gay, lesbian, and even queer work in the service of the management, reproduction, and regeneration of life rather than being predominantly understood as implicitly or explicitly targeted for death. pressing Butler on her focus on how queers have been left to die, it is time to ask: How do queers reproduce life, and which queers are folded into life? How do they give life? To what do they give life? How is life weighted, disciplined into subjecthood, narrated into
    population, and fostered for living? Does this secularization of queers entail deferred death or dying for others, and if so, for whom? ”

    —    Puar, Terrorist Assemblages, 35-6

    (Source: feelingpolitical)

    Military experts in law describe attempts to limit the death of bystanders as a pragmatic compromise that seeks to establish the supposedly “correct” relation between a necessary attack on militant targets and the number of civilians killed. The question is what is necessary, what ratio is correct, who is to decide that and who is to judge that. Although the claim that having laws of war is a good thing can still be accepted, it is necessary to be alert to the structural paradox they pose: for when they prohibit some things, they authorise others, and it is the border between the allowed and the forbidden that is the most intense legal battlefield.

    International law can be thought of not as a static body of rules but rather as an endless series of conflicts over this border. The question is not which interpretation is right, but who has the power to force their interpretation into becoming authoritative. In this sense, international law does not merely legitimate violence but actually relies on it.

    —    Eyal Weizman, Lawfare in Gaza (2009)

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    “ We are never completely in accord with ourselves for we cannot follow one of our two natures (individual and social) without causing the other to suffer. Our joys can never be pure; there is always some pain mixed with them…It is this disagreement…that produces both our grandeur and our misery. ”

    —    Emile Durkheim, The Dualism of Human Nature

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    “ Theory of all types is often presented as being so abstract that it can be appreciated only by a select few. Though often highly satisfying to academics, this definition excludes those who do not speak the language of elites and thus reinforces social relations of domination. Educated elites typically claim that only they are qualified to produce theory and believe that only they can interpret not only their own but everyone else’s experiences. Moreover, educated elites often use this belief to uphold their own privilege. ”

    —    Patricia Hill Collins, Black Feminist Thought

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    “ How did we come to the conclusion that in order to understand Black America we must confront how deeply race matters-but also how gender matters-and how both race and gender intersect in the lives of women and men, girls, and boys? ”

    —    Gender Talk: The struggle for Women’s Equality in African American Communities- Johnetta Betsch Cole and Beverly Guy-Sheftall

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