Calvino’s text is thus an accurate representation of the paradoxical status of women in Western discourse: while culture originates form woman and is founded on the dream of her captivity, women are all but absent form history and cultural process. …The following essay, then, is written on the wind, through the silence that discourse prescribes for me, woman writer, and across the chasm of its paradox that would have me at once captive and absent. Teresa de Lauretis
"Authenticity, publicly witnessed authenticity, drives activism, it senses falseness and aims its critique more at mass conformity than capitalist exploitation; there is little moral doubt in activist heads that social change is predicated only on more people becoming just like them. In its passion for cultural alternatives we see the desire of activism to be not just a negation of present conditions but an incarnation of the future, like Jesus turning up before John The Baptist."
Your face is so mysteriously kind | .