chapter  28
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FEMINIST POLITICIZATION: A COMMENT

A L W A Y S A part o f m y i n n e r l i s t e n i n g self closes d o w n w h e n I hear the w o r d s

" t h e p e r s o n a l is p o l i t i c a l . " Y e s , I u n d e r s t a n d t h e m . I u n d e r s t a n d that aspect o f

early f e m i n i s t consc iousness-ra is ing that u r g e d every l i s t e n i n g w o m a n to see

h e r p r o b l e m s , especial ly p r o b l e m s she e x p e r i e n c e d as the o u t c o m e o f s e x i s m

a n d sexist oppress ion , as p o l i t i c a l issues.To b e g i n o n the ins ide a n d m o v e o u t -

side. T o b e g i n w i t h the self as start ing p o i n t , t h e n to m o v e b e y o n d sel f -ref lec-

t i o n to an awareness o f co l lec t ive reality. T h i s was the p r o m i s e these w o r d s

h e l d . B u t that p r o m i s e was al l t o o easily u n f u l f i l l e d , b r o k e n . A cul ture o f d o m -

i n a t i o n is necessari ly narcissistic. T o take w o m a n to the self as start ing p o i n t

f o r p o l i t i c i z a t i o n , w o m a n w h o , i n w h i t e - s u p r e m a c i s t , capitalist patr iarchy, is

p a r t i c u l a r l y m a d e , soc ia l ly cons t ruc ted , to t h i n k o n l y m e — m y b o d y — I c o n -

stitute a u n i v e r s e — a l l that t r u l y matters. T o take h e r — t h i s w o m a n — t o the

self as s tart ing p o i n t for p o l i t i c i z a t i o n is necessari ly r isky.