Falling in love with critical theory

Representation of the world, like the world itself, is the work of men; they describe it from their own point of view, which they confuse with the absolute truth

—Simone de Beauvoir; quoted by Smircich, 1985

I have never considered myself a feminist till I read the quote above. It evoked such deep empathy and comprehension within – I’m surprised! Of course the empathy also transcends the boundaries of gender, to identify with other dominated categories. Social scientists (versus natural scientists)? Students (versus college administration)? Teenagers (versus parents)? 🙂


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