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  1. tigtog
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    It’s not the first time I’ve seen it argued that the conservative hostility towards progressive ideas on sex and gender is actually based on a very clear understanding of exactly what the battleground is and just a different conclusion as to which side should win the battle. It is the first time I’ve seen it argued using Foucault though :)

    It is worth remembering that these people are not illogical, they’re just operating off premises that we do not accept (and vice versa). This is where the analysis needed to peel back those premises tends to become quite radical which is in itself offputting to traditionalists – they tend to feel insulted by having any of their premises questioned at all, whereas progressives might not much like it either but we are at least accustomed to it.

  2. Rachel @ Musings of an Inappropriate Woman

    Thanks for sharing this, ladies. Totally agree with you on this:

    It is worth remembering that these people are not illogical, they’re just operating off premises that we do not accept (and vice versa).

    I think part of the problem with the same-sex marriage debate in Australia is that both sides of the argument (well, both sides of the argument that are given airtime – obviously there is room for additional points of view) are communicated mostly in terms of their conclusions. Ie, “This is about equality” vs “Marriage is between a man and a woman”.

    There’s not really much room for dialogue between those points of view: if you strongly believe one or the other, it seems self-evident, and the opposing view seems foreign and non-sensical. I’m not going to argue that having a dialogue is going to change the minds of “professional bigots” (as some commenters on Feministe put it), but I do think we need to understand the “logic” of those who disagree with us if we want to change the status quo.

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