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Feb. 18th, 2012 01:30 pm
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"When someone with the authority of a teacher, say, describes the world and you are not in it, there is a moment of psychic disequilibrium, as if you looked into a mirror and saw nothing."

— Adrienne Rich, Invisibility in the Academe

I... yeah, this. Just, this. Brain is not good for word making right now, so yeah, just this. Except that I think for us it was sort of more like we spent a large portion of our life staring into what we thought was a mirror with nothing in it, except it turned out it actually wasn't a mirror at all, it was a painting someone had made of the world behind us that we mistook for a mirror because everyone else around us seemed to think it was a mirror, and we weren't in it. Or people forcibly holding it up to us to "show" that we weren't in it. But it was a picture. Not real. So couldn't be used as a guide to judge what really was and was not there.

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Date: 2012-02-19 09:21 pm (UTC)
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I can relate to this, too. In my own personal situation, and for our system at large. A picture that someone else had painted of us, created to seem like a mirror, but not actually a mirror. Another metaphor we have used to describe our situation is that of a "veil," which was later torn after we came to understand who we were in a way that was not dictated by familial or social pressure to conform to a particular idea of What We Should Be.

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