I rate my days by how disposable I feel when I wake up.
Sometimes I wonder: if I don’t have stories to tell or words to write, do I have a life to live?
"[F]eminine body comportment, especially one’s relationship to one’s “body image,” takes the form of a therapeutic narrative of resilience.
Key to the therapeutic narrative are four things: 1) a once-whole, once-healthy self that was damaged by 2) a negative incident or pattern that incites a protective formula, which 3) leads to suffering—but luckily we have 4) self-awareness, the key to returning to one’s natural state of pure psychological health through a full understanding of one’s “damage.” Enter the inordinate focus on women’s bodies and its adherence to the therapeutic narrative: the once-innocent girl, the incident of damage, the bodily self-loathing, and, by the time the tale is told, self-acceptance.
Feminine subjects still ought to feel their bodies as encumbrances, but this encumbrance is the very medium for transcendence—it does not prevent you from doing, but provides you the very materials with which you can do something. You have to be damaged and/or have damage in order to have something to overcome. Post-feminism recognizes that women are damaged by sexism; they just have to turn this damage into human capital. Sexism, then, is not a bug but a feature. Without misogynist feminine body ideals, what would women have to overcome? Because it’s not the sexism that needs collective overcoming, but individual women that need to be “resilient” in the face of unavoidable, persistent sexism. This is not about overcoming patriarchy, but about extracting even more surplus value from it by allowing individual women to capitalize on the damage it does to them."
"Until feminists are aware of the state’s involvement in protecting patriarchy as a system of power, much in the same way it protects capitalism and racism as systems, feminists will be unable to see why a reform politics, though necessary, is insufficient."
— Zillah Eisenstein