Date: 2009-09-07 05:39 am (UTC)
It's exactly the obsession with sameness that I react to, elf, and it's a driving part of my research interests (which this feeds into, if a bit tangentially). What scares me is the way that the 'prevention of oppression' feeds so swiftly back into the framework that insists that differences are damaging, and the result of damage. It's terrifying! The problem is, in relation to children, that particular narrative has such a grip on how we think about them, and it shapes institutions and relations between people, it shapes law and ethics and the people we disapprove of at the neighbourhood meeting.... in other words, I guess, the problem for me is that it feeds back into seeing the marginalised as the problem, rather than tackling the framework that constitutes them that way.

There's more, to do with sexuality, that I'd like to kick around about this, which I'd be interested in your thoughts on (esp. regarding your recent post about the tentacles ;-)), but a bit later, methinks...

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