Toward Supreme Love in Self – (This Is an Endarkened, Feminist, New Literacies Event)
Finding a place in the war on t/Terror (Jeanine speaks)
Finding a place in the war on t/Terror
Centering heterosexual partnerships as a unit of inquiry through which to examine terror in romantic love was true to form; it emerged, through Asher, within the data generated by our particular inquiry community. Asher’s articulation of the significance of this unit was wholly her own; it was born out of her desire to grapple with and accentuate knowledge; to be situated in a linear cause and effect. I find Asher’s narrow conception to be rather limited, very interesting, and not at all unexpected since none of the members of the inquiry self-identified as lesbian, transgendered, sexually questioning, or gender non-conforming. We all self-identified as Black, heterosexual, cisgendered women. When looking back on the data, I see Asher’s perspective as developmentally appropriate (as she and other members of the group were post-adolescents/young adults). That is, her reliance on a conventional configuration of romantic love was in step with her stage in life, sociocultural stance, and fragmented sensibility (which was persistent in its pursuit of sensible, tried, and true equations).
Generating List #1 from Asher’s voice within various data sets in which the women wrote and talked about “what they knew for sure” about choosing a partner was entertaining and curious. It was also revealing. Building the list showed the women’s desire to center an old, preconceived sense of order and orientation in efforts to make sense of what was REAL, what could be known, and how one might be...