Friday, May 1, 2009
4-Candice O'Denver's 'all points of view'
The hegemonic identity that is constituted dualistically in relation to an other is a construct and thus possible to undo. This is described by Candice O’Denver, 'While I consider myself to be an individual, in fact my approach to myself, my circumstances, and others is obscured by habitual points of view — by my upbringing, culture, belief systems and assumptions. ... My identity is not comprised of point of view alone, it is entirely free of point of view yet inclusive of all points of view'. Point of view refers to a particular identification such as 'female' in the gender categorization. Being 'female' describes some of my experiences and behavior but does not define who I am. Gender is a social construct. Other categorizations can similarly be undone.
 O’Denver, Candice. “Inquiry One: What has all points of view”. Twelve Inquiries. CA, 2005, workshop.
 Butler, Judith. Undoing Gender. New York, NY: Routledge Press, 2004.