The Feminism of Uncertainty: A Gender Diary
Ann Snitow is Associate Professor of Literature and Gender Studies at Lang College, The New School, in New York City. A longtime activist, Snitow has cofounded The Network of East-West Women, No More Nice Girls, and New York Radical Feminists. She has written for The Village Voice, The Nation, The Women’s Review of Books, Dissent, and many other publications, and is coeditor of Powers of Desire: The Politics of Sexuality and The Feminist Memoir Project: Voices from Women's Liberation.
Introduction to the Feminism of Uncertainty
I look at utopias and their shadows and try to affirm the political life without any illusion that one can know the long future of any political act. Uncertainty always has an autobiography attached. As a young child, I had dyslexia and couldn’t immediately read or write. Perversely, these two things were all I wanted to do. I struggled to proceed from the mysterious unclarity on the page toward a coherence that was alluring, but never final. I discuss how this commitment to the unresolvable made literature enchanting. Later, self-doubt became a value, a starting position for both writing and political activism.