Tuesday, May 30, 2017

PoMo Feminist Nonsense

If you follow this stuff (and I wish I didn't) you often find yourself in a position of not knowing whether a piece of alleged scholarship is a hoax. I think this is real (meaning we are supposed to take this garbage seriously.) For your reading pleasure:

Whitney Stark, Assembled Bodies: Reconfiguring Quantum Identities, Minnesota Review, 88, pp. 69-82, 2017.

Here is the abstract

In this semimanifesto, I approach how understandings of quantum physics and cyborgian bodies can (or always already do) ally with feminist anti-oppression practices long in use. The idea of the body (whether biological, social, or of work) is not stagnant, and new materialist feminisms help to recognize how multiple phenomena work together to behave in what can become legible at any given moment as a body. By utilizing the materiality of conceptions about connectivity often thought to be merely theoretical, by taking a critical look at the noncentralized and multiple movements of quantum physics, and by dehierarchizing the necessity of linear bodies through time, it becomes possible to reconfigure structures of value, longevity, and subjectivity in ways explicitly aligned with anti-oppression practices and identity politics. Combining intersectionality and quantum physics can provide for differing perspectives on organizing practices long used by marginalized people, for enabling apparatuses that allow for new possibilities of safer spaces, and for practices of accountability.

I once again call on some international agency, perhaps the WHO, to make it illegal for anyone without sufficient training to invoke quantum mechanics or Bayes' Theorem. It's just too dangerous.

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