I’ve been thinking a lot about the tools, methods, and categories that have helped me resist hegemonic strategies, patriarchy, homophobia, and misogyny. All this thinking has also created questions in my mind. For example, I use feminist analysis and feminist tools, but am I a feminist? I utilize queer analysis and methodologies, but am I queer? I have long resisted categories that seek to stabilize and unify one’s experience. And so, I’m left with categories of resistance, a box that cannot be ‘checked.’
Is there a word that helps collectively display all of the liberative ways that feminism, queerness, and other methods seek to create moments of openings and liberation for marginalized bodies? In searching for a ‘new’ word, do we further institutionalize and stabilize the very thing that we’re trying NOT to stabilize? Do we need to reach back into history to see where we might have gone wrong? Will history show us something that will help us today? Or, will history simply reveal the same patterns and motifs that we’ve perpetuated?
I think we need categories of resistance, but I’m not sure that these categories can be housed within normative white methods and standards, because the outcome is that these moments create new models of stability, that thereby fortifies whiteness. I look toward a more material reality of resistance–bodies, actual physical bodies, resisting. What is that called?