[-empyre-] to brazil with love
lotu5 at resist.ca
Mon Jun 2 14:22:39 EST 2008
>>>>> From: Eduardo Molinari <archivocaminante at yahoo.com.ar>
>>>>> what is to "erotize politic" today?
>>>>> what are the connections between body and ideologies today?
>>>>> what is the political dimension of the body today?
>>>>> to erotize politic for me is only possible when incarnation
>>>>> then you can "feel" the political actions, also the enemy ones.
Well, I seem to have provided some answers of my own to the questions
below without knowing you were discussing them!
As for people being afraid in the states, YES, I think so, but also
distracted. I think that most often in my interactions with people they
feel disconnected from politics, like they can't make any change
politically, so "why waste your time?", and really people are distracted
too, and find politics boring. I too find most political marches and
rallies and movie screenings boring, I admit!
I always find that whenI leave the US though, people in other places
seem more engaged with politics, like there is a history and a culture
of political engagement, so there's already a built-in assumption that
politics matters, while to most people in the US politics is seen as
something foreign, until voting time comes around.
As a teaching assistant in a university, this is my most common
experience, that even queer women of color or muslim women will say
straight to my face "I'm not interested in politics. It has nothing to
do with me." Although, I teach art classes, so maybe its a commentary on
artists, or on college students or on my particular city. Or I've had so
many women in my classes say adamantly that they are not a feminist, as
if they were afraid to be seen as feminist. But again, maybe a
commentary on who is interested in studying art, and hopefully they felt
differently after my class!
This idea of incarnation and feeling actions is interesting, because
I've heard many people I know, friends, describe experiences in the
alter-globalization movement as transformative, and they seem to
structure their lives around politics after these experiences, but
they're often the moments of being in a huge crowd with thousands of
chanting people, sharing sweat, or being traumatized by rubber bullets
and tear gas, or running together in a black bloc, or being hit in the
head with a police baton, these are the moments that I feel people
describe as transformative and they are absolutely embodied moments that
gpg: 0x5B77079C // encrypted email preferred
gaim/skype: djlotu5 // off the record messaging preferred
More information about the empyre