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Latest Update: September 11, 2002
Enough! Enough flag-waving, enough violence,
enough nationalism. Enough already.
Essay By American Afshin Levy in 'The Iranian,' sent to Lisa by a friend, and then sent on to us by Lisa J. Stevens.
On Tuesday, September 10, 2002, Lisa J. Stevens sent me this e-mail. It speaks so eloquently of the illocutionary force of women's writing that it seemed important to share it with you on this day of remembrance. For the essay by Afshin Levyt, link to Enough Already! jeanne
Rage: WE ARE NOT STUPID!
Kohlberg Now! As a Performative Illucutionary Act!
I don't care if you called us stupid, or if you merely used your superior position of authority to belittle us to the point that we concluded it on our own. I don't care if you are male or female. DON"T DO IT! It is oppressive; it is morally wrong; it is self-destructive to you as well as to us. DON'T DO IT!
Even though you may get away with it for a while, (Foucault would say it's all about power, of course), we are gaining strength, the strength to transform the social acceptance of such arrogance and stupidity - yours, not ours!
How dare you, whoever you are, imply to one of my students that she is stupid because she did not score as you thought she should on one of the Kohlberg moral development tests? HOW DARE YOU? It bespeaks only your own ignorance of the works of Gilligan, of Women's Ways of Knowing, of Chesler's latest work on our inhumanity to each other. PLEASE DON'T DO IT EVER AGAIN! And the please refers only to my own attempt to bury my rage in illocutionary speech acts. Maybe later I can bring myself to hear in good faith whatever you have to say in your own defense, whoever you are. But I heard and saw the student you demoralized. And I hereby present my validity claim. Hear in good faith. jeanne
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NEW for the Week of September 9, 2002
I will not be in on Wednesday, September 11. As most of you know, from Tuesday, I am having trouble with an asthma attack and aching everywhere it's possible to ache. But it was my own stupidity. I was so determined to finish the site restructuring I worked non-stop over the weekend. Guess you can't do that at 67, and we have Father Obi and Father Nelsen coming in on Thursday, so I have to be able to both breathe and move. See you Thursday morning. Miss you all. jeanne
The site is being restructured to make it easier for all of us to find materials. The site is huge. It will take a little time. Please be patient. But do let me know when something isn't working. jeanne
I hope I'm saying this correctly. I'm having trouble with where to put the adjective illocutionary. Any philosphy experts out there?
Theoretical Musings for Us by Us
- Sample Contents: Michael Daniels' Article on the Habermas-Foucault Debate Impressive article by a junior at Trinity Univesity in San Antonio. I plan to add explanatiory notes for those of you who may not have an adequate theory background for Michael's thesis, but restructuring the site has to come first. jeanne. Link added August 3, 2002.
Lived Experience: Emancipatory Narratives
- Kohlberg Now! As a Performative Illucutionary Act! Link added September 9, 2002
- Sample Contents: Transforming Discourse: Frankie and Johnny Personal reaction to review of new play; things we do to restructure our identities. Expressions from our own lived experience. Link added August 4, 2002.
- Sample Contents: Ten Little Indians Miller Updegraff, Artist
September Exhibition at Gallery 825, La Cienega Blvd. Fine art paintings invoke nostalgia which puts us in touch with our authentic history, contributing to transformed discourse. Link added August 7, 2002.
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