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to know [Jan. 31st, 2006|01:02 pm]
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To put it another way, the evidence of experience, whether conceived through a metaphor of visibility or in any other way that takes meaning as transparent, reproduces rather than contests given ideological systems--those that assume that the facts of history speak for themselves and those that rest on notions of a natural or established opposition between, say, sexual practices and social conventions, or between homosexuality and heterosexuality.
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Not only does homosexuality define heterosexuality by specifying its negative limits, and not only is the boundary between the two a shifting one, but both operate within the structures of the same "phallic economy"--an economy whose workings are not taken into account by studies that seek simply to make homosexual experience visible.
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Theorized this way, homosexuality and heterosexuality work according to the same economy, their social institutions mirroring one another.
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Making visible the experience of a different group exposes the existence of repressive mechanisms, but not their inner workings or logics; we know that difference exists, but we don't understand it as relationally constituted.
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It is not individuals who have experience, but subjects who are constituted through experience.
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"The Evidence of Experience" -- Joan W. Scott

Wow. The ability to rethink the methodology of the phallogo- along with that which "opposes" or seeks to expand it is big. I could be misplacing, but I think it actually makes the operations of lesbian and gay, and most recently trans- investigation more interesting. Problematic yes but interesting. Cuz it seems to me that discursively-produced identities have often been assumed, the process of becoming has also, and the "experience"/story has been privileged in favor. Though--making this particular set of theory too "cemented" could also be basically experiential with regards to Scott and her ideas. So glad I'm not in comp anymore.
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