Politics of Reality Response

2 Dec

The Politics of Reality starts by explaining that lesbians do not technically exist. Sarah Hoagland explains that the insulting decision to not define lesbians should be seen as liberating. These women can define themselves.

This may be an optimistic take, but the fact remains that lesbians were so excluded that they were denied a definition. The article goes on to explain that those who would willfully exclude a definition of lesbians lose the right to define them because of their apparent bias.

Oppression is controlled by whoever is in power. The article explains that the roots of reality lie in power; the very word reality is rooted from ‘regal’. Whatever those in power acknowledged or saw was reality. Whatever those in power hose not to see does not exist.

That was the activity in class last Monday. Our groups consisted of the outsiders, the observers, and those in the spotlight. We demonstrated this by either standing in the hallway, watching those on the table, or standing on the table with a bright light on our faces.

As the outsiders in the hallways, we represented an oppressed group, like the lesbians. As observers we represented the rest of accepted society. The focal point for the observers was the group on the table, it was hard to pay attention to anything else. As the group on the table, we represented those in power. With the light in our faces, we could not see the observers at all, and we knew that the oppressed were not even in the room.

It was an interesting experiment, reading the article helped me understand it more.

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