Agency is a Warm Gun

We are taught to value the ideal of hope.  That mythical concept which implies that we lack all agency to create new and better alternatives, that our lives rely on the whim of those who are powerful be they god or man.

We are also taught that our boundaries are meaningless.  The invisible lines which we set up for play and love have no tangible meaning because we can be taught to desire new and different forms of play that will make us more interesting and exciting for those who would want to play on the fields that are our bodies stretched before them.

But agency implies we have a choice, a set of options that aren’t drastically stacked for or against us.   As women we don’t have the ability to exercise agency free from this not-so-subtle coercion.  Try not conforming and valuing yourself enough to say no to something and stand firm in it.  See what happens to you.

We develop our ability to exercise agency when we turn away from the nonsensical choices laid before us and choose not to opt into it any longer.  We develop our ability to exercise agency when we develop zero tolerance for those who would abuse us, shame us, hurt us and maim us.

 

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5 responses to “Agency is a Warm Gun

  1. Right on. And speaking of objectification, what are your thoughts on how the UK ruling class will use the impending royal wedding?

    I found a story for my blog about it:
    http://marxistupdate.blogspot.com/2010/11/uk-rulers-when-in-doubt-have-royal.html

    • A little off topic but fun to discuss anyway — I think the UK ruling class will use this cross-class relationship to show the freedom and mobility allotted to those who are EXCEPTIONAL, also use it in ways to push myths about prince charmings for little girls to aspire to marry and also find ways to demean working class people and their customs whilst making it out that they’re quaint, simple and decent.

      Enough to make me gag.

      BTW – William isn’t cute anymore, what happened? He was all dreamy there for a few years.

      • They probably will: they did it with the whole Charles-Diana marriage, and the aristocracy tends to be woefully unimaginative – they’ll probably repeat their methods of cross-class promotion this next time around. (Expect a straight to video or made for tv movie in the next few years, just like the one I remember seeing as a child about Diana/Charles.)

        [And great post as well: enjoyed the video.]

  2. I don’t understand those people who don’t seem to think that social pressure is coercion. That there’s no need to change the culture, because people can just do whatever they want and not pay any attention to what others think. But coercion exists and it stifles people’s ability to use agency. Especially women. Thanks for this post.

  3. “I don’t understand those people who don’t seem to think that social pressure is coercion. That there’s no need to change the culture, because people can just do whatever they want and not pay any attention to what others think. But coercion exists and it stifles people’s ability to use agency. Especially women. ”

    Second this.

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