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.
Utopia, Downsized: A Farrago
This piece is a farrago meant both to satirize and embrace post-modern sensibility. Does post-modernism harbor its own version of big ideas behind its moves of deconstruction and its tone of deflationary irony? The piece argues that post-modern thinking sneaks in elements of hope and vision indirectly, through the door of more humble expectations. Post-modernism’s strengths are: its critical recognition that freedom is not the same as the free market; margins are as important as centers; local conditions can contradict global powers, etc. Post-modernity is our current condition in world cities and it includes both confusion and a productive richness of complex, polyglot experience.