TRANSGRESSION AND TRANSFORMATION: LEAVING LAS VEGAS
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Six years ago I published a book of essays, Yearning: race, gender, and cultural politics, which included this dedication: “for you to whom i surrender-to you for whom i wait.” When the book was about to go to press, several feminist editors working on the project expressed concern about this dedication. They found the use of the word “surrender” problematic, disempowering to women. It suggested for them a loss of control, powerlessness. While I agreed that the word “surrender” has this connotation, it also means to give up, to submit. I argued that there are moments when submission is a gesture of agency and power, that a distinction has to be made between conscious surrender, an act of choice and the submission of someone who is victimized and without choice. It seemed to me then, as it does now that women would need to know the diﬀerence if we were ever to be capable of self-actualization within patriarchal culture.